An 8-year-old girl who reported an attempted abduction last month lied to authorities, Columbus police said.
The J.B. Key Elementary School student said she was walking home from school Jan. 25 when she was approached by an older man who told her to get into his pickup truck.
The girl did not tell her father about the incident until later in the week.
He told the Ledger-Enquirer that his daughter was coming home from school when a white male, between the ages of 40 and 50, with a full beard and large build approached her. He said the man was wearing a blue shirt and white hat and sitting in a white truck at a stop sign near the corner of Patsy Lane and Walker Street. When the man called out to the girl she took off running, her father said.
The incident was reported to the school’s principal on Friday and she notified police.
Investigators brought the child in for an interview Wednesday. It was then that she admitted she made the story up, police said.