Henry County sheriff issues reminder after attempted abduction claim proves false

Sheriff reminding people to call sheriff's office before making public claims

HENRY COUNTY, Va. – The Henry County Sheriff's Office is releasing new details after a local mother claims a man tried to abduct her daughter.

Alice Farmer told 10 News Wednesday the man followed her 12-year-old daughter from aisle to aisle as her daughter was shopping.

She filed a report with the sheriff's office Wednesday.

Farmer said she and her daughter went into the Henry County Walmart Tuesday afternoon and split up to get what they needed.

Shortly after splitting up, Farmer claims her daughter came running back claiming that a man had been following her and ran toward her.

Henry County Sheriff Lane Perry, however, said Thursday that after reviewing surveillance video from inside the store none of that happened.

He said the man in question did not follow Farmer's daughter. The man was in the same aisle with her daughter briefly, but made no attempt to make contact with her daughter.

He also said the video shows the daughter calmly walking away, not running away, from the man after seeing him in the aisle and feeling uncomfortable.

Perry pointed out that this is just the latest in a series of recent incidents in which information was talked about in public instead of being brought to the sheriff's office's attention first.

That has caused the incidents to get blown out of proportion.

"What we do ask is that people call us immediately," Perry emphasized. "A lot of times, places have video surveillance. We're able to go back and look at things like that and we just want everyone to have a good, professional investigation done."

Investigators were still determining Thursday if any charges would be filed for making a false report.

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