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Calaveras teen’s alleged kidnapping a hoax

Calaveras County Sheriff’s deputies said that the reported kidnapping of a teen was a hoax.

An Amber Alert was sent to counties surrounding Calaveras on Monday for citizens to be on the lookout for 14-year-old Sergio Vazquez. The teen was said to have been abducted from the Calaveras County community of San Andreas about 10 a.m. Monday.

After extensive deployment of law enforcement resources, deputies announced Monday evening that Vazquez was found safe about 6:20 p.m. Several media reports said he was found in Stockton.

Law enforcement officers spoke with Vazquez and deputies later said evidence indicated that the abduction claim had been fabricated.

A sheriff’s office press release stated that “a juvenile was taken into custody and has been turned over to Calaveras County Juvenile Probation.” It could not be confirmed Tuesday if that juvenile was Vazquez or somebody else.

Call The Bee’s Bill Lindelof, (916) 321-1079.