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Moab police: Report of attempted abduction was fabricated

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MOAB, Utah (ABC4 News) – Moab City Police Department said a report about an attempted abduction was made up. 

“We have positively determined that the two involved children fabricated the abduction report,” said the department in a statement. 

Investigators no longer seek information about the incident, nor are they looking for the van reported to be involved. 


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Moab police looking for suspect in possible attempted abduction of two 12-year-old boys Tuesday. 

According to a press release issued by Chief Jim Winder, Moab City Police Department, police were called to Grand County High School on a report of an attempted abduction. Upon arrival, the officers spoke with the two boys, who police said were visible distraught, and their parents. 

The boys told police they were walking on a road that leads from the middle school toward the high school on a road when a white or gray van approached them. A “tall and white” man wearing black gloves excited the van and attempted to lure them into the van by offering to let them play video games. 

The boys said when they declined, another man, described only as wearing white gloves, exited the van. The men each grabbed one boy by the wrist and tried to pull them inside the van but the boys were able to fight the men off and ran to the high school where they met with one of the parents. 

Officers searched the area for the van but were unable to locate it. Winder said they have increased police presence at all area schools and will continue to search for the van. 

The boys described the van to police as a minivan or transit-style van with Idaho plates with damage to the front right headlight and quarter panel. driven by a female.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 801-573-8593. 

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