Sunday, September 11, 2016

SMCSO Deputies Investigate Abduction

On September 11, 2016, at 4:43 p.m., the St. Mary’s County Emergency Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from a juvenile female stating an unknown male suspect had abducted her. Although she provided specific details on her abductor, she was unable to provide dispatchers with her location and disconnected the call.

St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies were able to identify a possible location of the caller, which was in the area of Poplar Ridge Road in Lexington Park. Deputies responded to the area in search of the victim or any indication of a crime. 

In an attempt to gain potential leads, a reverse 911 call was used for the surrounding area and additional neighborhood searches, interviews and attempts to locate witnesses were completed. Although there was very limited information, deputies developed a suspect, later identified as a 12-year-old female. 

The investigation revealed the juvenile suspect made the call because she was upset with a guardian. The 12-year-old was located and placed under arrest for a false police report. 

Although no abduction occurred, there was an abundance of resources which were expended as a result of the false report. The cooperation of the community, especially the residents of the Lexington Manor neighborhood, was instrumental in assisting with the investigation.