Deputies confirm abduction report is unfounded

SANTEE, Calif. — Deputies investigated reports of an attempted kidnapping near a school in Santee Friday, but now say the story is “unfounded,” a sheriff’s official told FOX 5.

Three boys reported a man driving up to them on a street near Carlton Oaks School and asking them to get in the car, but investigators found “discrepancies” in the boys’ stories that made them believe it may be made up.

The apparently unfounded report came after four other suspicious interactions between strangers and students were reported in East County this week. Investigators said Thursday that the incidents did not appear related.

The other incidents, two near Flying Hills Elementary School in El Cajon, one near Cajon Valley Middle School and another near Lakeside Middle School, all happened within about a 10-minute drive of Carlton Oaks.

To report a crime anonymously, students can call the “Students Speaking Out” phone number at 888-0580-TIPS.

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