Police: 11-year-old Hanover girl "imagined" attempted abduction


An 11-year-old Hanover girl admitted to police that she imagined an attempted abduction that she initially reported as fact, according to Hanover Borough Police Department.

The girl originally reported to police and her mother that a man grabbed her as she was walking the family dog in the 200 block of North Franklin Street, police said.

She said she was near her apartment building, walking along a set of railroad tracks, when a man grabbed her. She was able to break free when her dog bit the man, police said.

She described the attempted abductor as a man wearing dark clothing, a black baseball hat and a gray beard, last seen driving away in a dark colored car with Florida tags, police said.

Police canvassed the area and were unable to find any witnesses, police said.

Surveillance footage of the girl did not match what she originally reported, according to police.

When the girl was interviewed about her activities during that day, she recanted her statements about being grabbed and clarified that the man only walked past her, police said.

She said she did not have any contact with him and admitted she imagined these events when she recalled a scary memory from her past, according to police.

Police will file no charges against the girl, according to the release.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com