A police investigation into a 17-year-old girl's claims that she was kidnapped and sexually assaulted seven months ago in East Palo Alto were found to have no merit, police announced Wednesday.
The investigation began on Nov. 2 when officers received a report around 1:30 a.m. that the teen was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in the 1900 block of Cooley Avenue, just north of Woodland Avenue, police said.
The girl said she was outside of her home when three men forced her into a black van with dark-tinted windows. Officers were told they took her to an unknown location where two of the three men sexually assaulted her before they threw her out of the vehicle, which left her with a broken ankle, according to police.
The girl told officers she found a ride to a friend's workplace from where she was driven back home, police said.
Since November, police have interviewed multiple witnesses, reviewed security video footage of the area, reviewed telephone records and reinterviewed those involved in the case, police said.
As a result of its research, the department's criminal investigations unit found the alleged crimes didn't occur.