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Forum staff reports, Published February 10 2009

False Amber Alert prompts calls

MAHNOMEN, Minn. – The Sheriff’s Department here said an Amber Alert issued through cell phone text messages Monday night was a hoax.

A text message was sent to an unknown number of cell phones in the region advising of a kidnapping. The message read:

“AMBER ALERT: A 7-year-old girl was taken by a man driving a newer silver truck, license number 72B381 in the Mahnomen area. FWD plzz!!”

A Mahnomen County dispatcher said she was aware of the text messages, but the sheriff’s office did not issue the Amber Alert. Calls about the text message started around 7:20 p.m., she said.

The origin of the text messages was unknown Monday.