Missing child incident likely faked, police say

SAN DIEGO — Authorities called off a missing child investigation Saturday, saying the initial report might have been falsified.

A man told the San Diego Police Department around 11:40 a.m. Saturday that his vehicle had been stolen from the 1000 block of Euclid Avenue in the Emerald Hills neighborhood. The man told authorities an 11-year-old boy was inside the 2006 black Honda Pilot at the time of the alleged theft.

The man identified an acquaintance of his, 29-year-old Osman Rahimi, as the man responsible for the theft. He identified the missing boy as Johnny Diaz and described him as a Hispanic child about 4′ tall wearing a white shirt and “Transformers”-themed pajama pants, police said.

The Oceanside Police Department spotted the Honda Pilot around 3 p.m. in Oceanside near the Aliso Creek Rest Area off Interstate 5. Rahimi was inside the vehicle and taken into custody, but the child was not with him, police said.

Later Saturday, police said a child had not been involved in the alleged vehicle theft.

Detectives were working to determine the extent of Rahimi’s involvement and said the man who initially reported the theft and missing child might face charges for filing a false police report.

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