Police identify, charge man who made up story about missing 13-year-old girl

Police identify, charge man who made up story about missing 13-year-old girl
Cordell Wigle (Source: Planalp, Brian)

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - Cincinnati police have charged a 19-year-old man with making false alarms after he falsely reported a girl was missing Monday afternoon.

Police originally asked the public for help in locating the missing girl, an autistic 13-year-old named Aleah Bottom, around 3 p..m.

Authorities said a relative reported Bottom was last seen in the area of the Purple People Bridge by Saywer Point.

That relative, police said, provided the photo of Bottom to authorities.

Now police say the information was fabricated by 19-year-old Cordell Wigle—that Bottom does not actually exist and the photo is actually of Wigle’s ex-girlfriend.

Police canceled the missing persons report around 4:30 p.m. after investigators determined the information was made up.

Wigle has been booked at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

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