A 12-year-old Winchester girl sparked a frantic 12-hour search after she went missing Monday night. A relative saw her walking near her home Tuesday morning and took her home to her emotionally distraught parents.
The girl told police she was abducted shortly coming home from school. The girl told police she was picked up by two men, one got out of the car, grabbed her, threw her into the car, and hit the child lock. At that point she told police they took her to a motel. That’s where a rape supposedly happened.
The story was a lie. According to police, it was a cover to conceal where she really was during the night. Police say she admitted to spending the night at a motel with a 19-year-old man. She told police she was afraid she would be in trouble with her parents.
When police began to question the girl at the police department, they noticed quite a few inconsistencies in her story. When pressed further, the girl admitted she had made up the story to cover her whereabouts.
It was a costly lie for police and the girl. Seven police personnel were involved in the search and investigation, including three criminal investigators and two criminal investigators with the Department of Child Services.
Police say the girl faces felony charges. She will be charged with filing a false police report.
Police are still looking for the 19-year-old. When he is found, he faces felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The girl is now in the custody of her parents.