By Associated Press - Thursday, May 28, 2015

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Southern Nebraska authorities say four people accused of pretending to kidnap children to scare them won’t face charges due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

Hastings Police Chief Pete Kortum said in a statement that authorities believe the motive to fake-kidnap the kids in March was for the suspects’ amusement, the Hastings Tribune ( reported.

Police were notified about three separate incidents on March 7. Children told police that a black car with four occupants approached them and that one of the people inside tried to grab them. Each of the children was able to escape and call for help.

Authorities identified four suspects believed to be involved as well as the vehicle used and interviewed several subjects. But they say there’s not enough evidence that could be used to successfully prosecute the suspects.

“Since we have exhausted all known leads, this case is inactive,” Kortum said. “In the event we receive any additional information, the case will be assigned for follow-up.”

Adams County Attorney Donna Fegler Daiss said her office has been working closely with police in the case.

“Based upon the information currently available, it is my opinion that there is insufficient evidence to proceed toward prosecution of any individual,” Daiss said.

Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to contact police.


Information from: Hastings Tribune,

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