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Police Find Girl Safe After Car-Theft Story Turns Out to Be Bogus

Posted June 18, 2007
Updated June 19, 2007

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— Police on Monday night searched for a 17-month-old girl they were told was in a stolen car, but they later established that the child had been with a relative in Dunn all day, they said.

No one had been charged in the incident late Monday, but detectives said they were continuing the investigation.

Fayetteville police contacted Dunn police after establishing that the initial report of a stolen car and an abduction were false. Dunn officers confirmed the child was safe at about 11:15 p.m., Fayetteville police reported.

Police said it appeared that a friend of Alexis Moore's mother reported a light green, four door 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier taken from the CVS store at Grove and Ramsey streets at approximately 7:30 p.m. with the girl inside.

The girl's mother and another relative were supposedly searching for the car, police said, but detectives became suspicious when they could not reach either the mother or the other person.

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  • lovecarolinagutters Jun 19, 2007

    Just my take....she loans the car to crack dealer for crack...crack dealer does'nt bring car back when suppose to...friend reports car missing with child inside...hoping to get crack dealer in big trouble. Mother and friend cannot be found because they are still high from crack.

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxx Jun 19, 2007

    Why on earth would these people make up such a story? What were they hoping to get out of it? Attention? Were they trying to get someone else in trouble? Just for the fun of it? I just don't understand.

  • Tyrone Williams Jun 19, 2007

    Make it idiot-proof, and someone will make a better idiot.

  • rainy39 Jun 19, 2007

    "all of you people ranting and raving apparently didn't read the story. the girl was never left in the car or abducted"

    Apparently YOU didnt read all of the story from when it was BREAKING news...that is why we have the post such as we do. I hope the people who decided to make this a scam are punished.

  • Scarecrow Cow Jun 19, 2007

    "all of you people ranting and raving apparently didn't read the story. the girl was never left in the car or abducted!"

    The comments were posted before police found out it was a hoax, when the article still said a child was left alone in a car that was later stolen.

  • fl2nc2ca2md2nc Jun 19, 2007

    What is wrong with people?? This has to be one of the most ignorant things I've heard in a while...

  • JKL876 Jun 19, 2007

    Well, it's now being reported that the whole thing was a hoax. I'm not sure which makes me madder: leaving a child unattended in a car, or making the whole thing up and wasting countless resources on a wild-goose chase. I wonder if these two morons have any idea how many man-hours and how much money went into this search. I also wonder if they would ever stop to think of the consequences of other people actually really needing law enforcement and having a delayed response time because everybody was busy frantically searching for a baby that wasn't missing. Makes me angry!

  • 2AMANDA2 Jun 19, 2007

    all of you people ranting and raving apparently didn't read the story. the girl was never left in the car or abducted!

  • Lit Jun 19, 2007

    "Fayetteville police contacted Dunn police after establishing that the initial report of a stolen car and an abduction were false." -Article

    OK, this is wrong. People shouldn't abuse the public's concern for missing people, and they shouldn't waste public resource by making false reports. Its time to dish out some fines.

  • jafo Jun 18, 2007

    There is still a better description of the car than there is of the child. I highly doubt that the car thief saw the baby in the back, said "Oh cool, a baby" and is still driving her around. The report does not say "the parents" anywhere, just "the adults". I pray for the child's sake that she has loving parents that made a horrible mistake when choosing to let these people take care of their child today.

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