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Teenager charged in Dunn County with obstructing an officer

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The Dunn County Sheriff's Department reported Thursday of another incident in which witnesses provided false information.

A male adult reported Saturday, June 1, his 16-year-old step daughter had returned home with her hands bound. She also said she went for a walk the previous afternoon in the town of Tainter and was abducted. She claimed an unknown male had grabbed her from behind and placed a rag over her face/mouth that "smelled like alcohol". She also claimed to have woke up in a corn field more than 14 hours later near her house with her hands bound in front of her, and her back covered in dirt.

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Sheriff Dennis Smith reported deputies arrived at the address and several hours were spent investigating the incident. Deputies met with the victim at the hospital and taped off a possible crime scene based on the victim's statement. Assistance was requested by the Bridge to Hope and the Menomonie Fire Department.

Investigators continued pursuing the incident and after several hours, determined the whole incident was made up because the 16-year-old was in trouble. She went to a party and when she realized she was in trouble, she obtained assistance from a friend bound her hands and dropped her off near her house.

Smith said a juvenile warrant (capias) was obtained and the 16-year-old wias picked up and placed in secure detention. She is being charged with obstructing an officer. Smith added the Sheriff's Department will be requesting restitution for 23 hours of overtime spent investigating the incident.

"I want the public to be aware of this," Smith concluded. "...Anyone providing false information will be arrested and restitution for any expenses occurred will be requested."

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