Boy covers up skipping school with abduction lie

NEWPORT, Ore. -- A 10-year-old boy lied to police and said he was abducted by a strange man Friday afternoon to cover up that he had skipped school, police officials said.

Family members reported the boy missing to Newport Police at around 5:30 p.m. Friday after he didn't come home from school at his usual time. Police first went to teachers, students and businesses near the Newport Intermediate School (the boy's last known location) and were unable to find him.

Police found the boy just before 7 p.m. Friday night. Officials said that the boy claimed he was abducted by an older man in a large truck near his school earlier in the day.

Newport Police officials started looking for a suspect through the night and into Saturday morning, but couldn't find any evidence of the kidnapping.

The next day, officers said they talked to the boy again and he admitted that he made up the abduction story so he wouldn't get into trouble for leaving school on Friday.

The boy admitted that he was lying before, and told police that he got lost in an unfamiliar part of town after leaving school early. When it started getting dark the boy asked a stranger to drive him home.

While the information on the abduction case changed, police still ask anyone with more information to contact Officers Hallmark or Garrett at (541) 574-3348.