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Duluth police find no evidence of abduction

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DULUTH — No one has been reported missing and there’s no evidence anyone was abducted in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood Wednesday evening despite a report from a teenage girl who said her friend had been taken against her will by men in a black SUV, police said.

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Police said Thursday that they had 20 officers involved in the investigation Wednesday evening and that it remains their “top priority” even though they could find no one who fit the name or description of the allegedly abducted girl.

According to police, the 16-year-old girl who reported the abduction said the 14-year-old victim was an American Indian named Jessica Martin or Jessica Martineau and that she knew the victim from school.

But Duluth police can’t find anyone with those names, or anyone from the same school named Jessica who isn’t accounted for. They also have no reports of anyone missing across the country fitting the description or name.

But Lt. Mike Ceynowa of the department’s major crime bureau added that the department will continue to investigate until it finds the victim or determines conclusively that no crime was committed. Authorities say they have no reason to believe the girl reporting the crime was not being truthful and are hopeful she may recall more details.

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