Girl reported missing not missing at all

December 31, 1991

Baltimore County police said a 4-year-old Rosedale girl reported missing Sunday turned out to be an 8-year-old girl who was not missing at all.

About 3:30 p.m. Sunday, White Marsh District police received information from three young boys who said they saw three men dragging a 4-year-old girl from the intersection of Boaz and Neighbors avenues.

The boys were certain of what they saw and told their parents, who notified police.

For five hours, police searched the Rosedale area, looking into ravines, Dumpsters, woods and also under vehicles. They enlisted the aid of a State Police helicopter that flew above Rosedale looking for the child and the three men.

On Sunday night, police began to have doubts when no one reported a child missing.

Yesterday, police investigating the alleged incident determined that the three boys saw two different incidents and believed they added up to an abduction.

What really happened, police said, was that an 8-year-old Rosedale girl having trouble with her new roller skates was helped home by her mother and a male friend.

Just before the mother and friend picked up the girl, the boys saw three men ride past the area on bikes and confused the two occurrences.

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