After saying it did, authorities determine attempted Bedford County kidnapping didn't happen

By Samantha Smith - Digital Content Producer

BEDFORD COUNTY, Va. - After alerting the public to an attempted child abduction Friday night, less than 24 hours later, the Bedford County Sheriff's Office is saying the story they were told was made up.

Following hours of canvassing the neighborhood, reviewing surveillance video from residences and business’ and speaking with the alleged victim and her family, investigators determined that the attempted abduction reported on Friday evening on Hales Ford Road was fabricated.

The Sheriff's Office says it's investigation on to the matter is now closed.

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ORIGINAL STORY

Brooklyn Terry is an 11-year-old Bedford County 5th grader and said two men abducted her Friday right around 5 p.m. before tossing her out of their car just a mile down the road. The Bedford County Sheriff's Office is on the hunt for those two men who allegedly attempted to kidnap her.

Brooklyn's dad, James Terry, called police immediately after he found his daughter to report the incident that had taken place at their home on Hales Ford Road in Moneta near Smith Mountain Lake. He told police the two men kidnapped Brooklyn from their front yard as he worked in his garage and his wife was inside the house.

Brooklyn said she was riding her bike by herself in the front yard after school Friday when she stopped to text a friend. That's when two men in a white two door car pulled up behind her. She said the passenger got ouf ot the car and threw her and her bike in the back seat.

"I heard something crunch behind me and there was a man behind me and he grabbed me and my bike and pulled me into his car," said Brooklyn Terry. "He was driving and then they stopped on the side and then he got my bike and threw it out on the yard ... and he drove past. And then I told him 'let me out or I'm calling the police.' And they pulled over, and I got out ... and I called my daddy." 

Authorities say the girl then ran into the woods and called her dad to tell him what happened. 

The text read, 'Help. Some took me and I'm hiding. OMG. In the woods. Help.'

Brooklyn said the car was a white two door sedan with white hubcaps, with a red stripe down the center of the hubcaps. She said the steering wheel of the car had a red cover on it. 

She said the drive was a man in his late 20s or early 30s with black latex gloves, blue jeans, a blue shirt and blonde hair. She described the passenger as having his hair short on the sides and long on the top. She also said one of his eyebrows appeared to be shaved off and that the men remained quiet while she was in the car and did not threaten her.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Bedford County Sheriff's office at 540-586-7827 or Central Virginia Crime Stoppers at 1-888-798-5900. Crime Stopper callers remain anonymous and could receive a cash reward up to $1,000.00.‚Äč

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