The abduction of a 10-year-old boy – and his daring escape from his kidnapper – raised alarm across the state on Tuesday afternoon, but now Anoka County authorities say it never even happened.
Police had reported that the unidentified Anoka boy was home from school and had left his house when the supposed kidnapper struck, snatching the child into a dark-colored cargo van and taking off, the boy's story went.
The 10-year-old also claimed to have subsequently escaped out of the back of the vehicle near a Coon Rapids shopping center, running into a Buffalo Wild Wings for help and ultimately being reunited with his parents.
Authorities were clear to point out when the story broke, however, that they were working to validate the claims.
Indeed, in a Wednesday news release, the Anoka County Sheriff's Office said "it has been determined that the abduction did not take place" after they attempted to verify portions of the boy's story.
"Evidence consistent with no abduction has also been located and verified," the sheriff said. Additionally, the boy admitted the events laid out in his harrowing account did not happen.
There were no details as to why the boy might have made these claims.
The sheriff adds there is no reason for the public to be alarmed.