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Abduction hoax triggered four-hour Amber Alert after California woman made up story

02/02/13, OAKLAND — Oakland police: Abduction hoax triggered four-hour Amber Alert –

A woman who claimed her husband assaulted her, then abducted a nonexistent 18-month-old daughter could face charges for wasting local and state resources after the fraudulent report sparked an hours-long manhunt, police said late Friday.

Officials canceled a statewide Amber Alert that had been up for four hours Friday morning after determining the report was a hoax and the child does not exist, a police spokeswoman said.

“We are going to talk to the (Alameda County) District Attorney’s Office about what charges will be filed,” said Oakland police spokeswoman Johnna Watson. “Investigators will discuss the false reporting (of a crime) and (false) use of the Amber Alert system.”

The woman made up a name for the child — Isaza Tolefree — and described her as a black female with black hair and brown eyes, wearing a pink shirt with blue bears on it and holding a yellow and orange Tigger blanket, police said.

Police have declined to release the woman’s name, but she has been interviewed at police headquarters and will likely be interviewed again in the coming days.

Also on Friday, police arrested Kim Tolefree, the woman’s 47-year-old husband, on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon as well as a domestic abuse charge after police said he backed his truck into the woman’s car during a heated argument at their East Oakland home. The two, who do have an older child together, have a long history of domestic problems. They were scheduled to attend an unrelated court hearing in Oakland on Friday for a prior domestic abuse case, authorities said. The couple did not go to the hearing.

The incident began about 12:45 a.m. Friday, when officers were called to a home near 94th Avenue and Holly Street on a report of a car crash. The woman told arriving officers that Tolefree had pistol-whipped her, then got in his truck and chased her fleeing car down the street, ramming into her vehicle and causing her to crash, police said. She told officers Tolefree took the child from her car at gunpoint and drove away.

An Amber Alert was issued for the girl about 4 a.m. and canceled about 8 a.m. after officials learned she had fabricated the abduction.

“The investigation determined that the couple does not have an 18-month-old child and that the kidnapping had not occurred,” Watson said in a statement. “The investigation did determine that Tolefree assaulted the woman with his vehicle. A firearm was not located.”

There was not a child seat in the woman’s car, police said.

Tolefree surrendered to police Friday morning after seeing the Amber Alert in search of him and his truck, Watson said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to call the Oakland Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division at 510-238-3641 or the tip line at 510-637-0298.

 Source: Mercury News

Kevin Collins Missing: San Francisco home searched in case of 10-year-old’s 1984 disappearance

(AP) SAN FRANCISCO – Police searched a home in San Francisco on Tuesday in connection with the high-profile disappearance of a 10-year-old boy nearly 30 years ago.

San Francisco police said in a statement that the examination of the backyard and garage of the house near the city’s Haight-Ashbury district was a “follow up to the cold case investigation” into Kevin Collins’ disappearance. They said the current residents aren’t suspects.

A law enforcement official said a “person of interest” in Kevin’s disappearance lived in the house at the time. That person has since died.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the search warrant used to inspect the property was sealed.


Photo of 10-year-old Kevin Collins

Ann and David Collins, parents of missing Kevin Collins, on March 2, 1984 holding a missing poster. / AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File

During the search, cadaver dogs indicated the presence of remains under the concrete in the garage. Police said a preliminary review of the remains showed them to be animal bones, but the San Francisco medical examiner’s office was conducting further tests.

Police didn’t disclose what prompted investigators to seek a search warrant and renew the probe into the case. The FBI and the Alameda County sheriff’s department contributed to the search Tuesday.

Renewed interest in the case, which included a memorable milk carton image of the freckled-faced Kevin, put his mother on an emotional roller coaster, especially when the remains turned out to be animal bones.

“Mostly I’m just numb,” Ann Collins, 72, said. “To see them digging in a building so close to where he disappeared was shocking.”

Collins and her husband divorced, and she moved to the San Francisco suburb of Concord after an intensive search for her son.

“It would be nice to have closure,” she said. “But then a part of me, you know, doesn’t want to find him like that.”

Kevin was last seen waiting for a bus in the neighborhood after basketball practice at St. Agnes School in Haight. Following his disappearance, a local search that included the plastering of his photograph on posters throughout the city blossomed into one of the first child disappearances to garner national attention. His photograph was on the cover of Newsweek in 1984.

Source of article: CBS News