Boy found dead in New York after false kidnap report, police say

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 19, 2014 11:50 AM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The body of a 5-year-old boy was found near his home in upstate New York on Thursday night hours after a relative told police two men in ski masks had kidnapped him, a report the local sheriff said on Friday appeared to have been a lie.

Kenneth White lived with his aunt, his legal guardian, in a trailer home in Berne, a town near Albany, according to the Albany Times Union.

His aunt's 19-year-old daughter told police that two men in ski masks, black boots and black gloves forced their way into the home on Thursday afternoon while she was watching him, local news outlets reported.

She said that the men pinned her to the floor before snatching Kenneth away, driving off in a black pickup truck.

After finding Kenneth's body that night near his home, police no longer believe the kidnapping story.

"There are not two masked men running round the towns of Albany County," County Sheriff Craig Apple told the WGY radio station on Friday.

Police are interviewing what they described as a person of interest, Apple said, adding that the person knows the boy before declining to give further details. Kenneth's biological parents, who live outside Albany county, are not suspects, Apple added.

Apple's office did not respond to a request for information about the case on Friday.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Doina Chiacu)