Hoax 911 call ties up law enforcement
A 12-year-old girl with a cellular phone had local, state and federal law enforcement agencies scrambling Wednesday in Superior. The girl called the Superior-Douglas County Communications Center's 911 emergency line shortly after 10:20 a.m. Wedne...
A 12-year-old girl with a cellular phone had local, state and federal law enforcement agencies scrambling Wednesday in Superior.
The girl called the Superior-Douglas County Communications Center's 911 emergency line shortly after 10:20 a.m. Wednesday. She described herself as being kidnapped and injured by her attacker.
Police blocked off North 28th Street near Elmira Avenue and searched the area of the Superior Municipal Forest, as well as other areas of the city, in search for the girl.
According to a news release issued by the Superior Police Department, the girl described the crime for several minutes and described several areas of the city where the alleged assailant had taken her. Police and the Douglas County Sheriff's Department enlisted assistance to find the girl in the locations described.
It took some time to discover the call was a hoax. Police tracked down information about the owner of the phone. The owner was found to be safe, Assistant Police Chief Scott Campbell states. The 12-year-old caller admitted staging the hoax call.
In addition to the Superior Police Department and Douglas County Sheriff's Department, agents from the Wisconsin Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation, and pilots with Superior Air-Rescue assisted in the search.
Campbell said the matter remains under investigation and may result in charges because of the excessive resources used in the search.
Campbell estimated the local cost "more than 20 officers and civilian staff locally for 3-plus hours for over $2,500. This doesn't include six Wisconsin DOJ agents and two FBI agents bringing in extensive surveillance equipment."
"Also of importance is that a number of investigators (local, State, and Federal) were called off of other cases in order to attend to this," Campbell said.