Police Call Off Manhunt After Sisters Admit Abduction Was HoaxPAUL NOWELL , Associated Press
Apr. 26, 1985 5:50 PM ET
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Police called off a massive search for a 15-year-old girl Friday after the teen-ager and her sister admitted that they invented a story that she had been abducted by three men while jogging.
The officer in charge of the search said the hoax was particularly frustrating because it happened only four days after the discovery of the bullet-riddled body of a 19-year-old female Busch Stadium vendor who had been abducted on April 15.
Oliza Walls was found at a friend's house early Friday, ending a 28-hour search that involved 11 full-time investigators and officers from several nearby police departments, said Sgt. Dan Stewart.
Ms. Walls' younger sister, Roxanna, had told police that Oliza was forced into a gray automobile by three men while the two were jogging shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday. Oliza was located by a police sergeant who knew some of the missing girl's friends, Stewart said.
Oliza, a sophomore at Rosary High School in north St. Louis County, had twice run away from her North Side home. On each occasion her father had found her, once in California, Stewart said.
Stewart said police were pleased that the girl was not hurt. But he noted that the timing of the hoax was unfortunate because it occurred shortly after the abduction and killing of Lisa Schroff, who was abducted after working her first St. Louis Cardinals baseball game April 15.
The body of Mrs. Schroff, the mother of a 2-year-old girl, was found last Saturday in an abandoned building in north St. Louis. James Miller, 17, of St. Louis, was charged Tuesday with first-degree murder in the case, authorities said.
''I would be a liar if I said the Schroff incident didn't have an impact (on the Walls case),'' Stewart said. ''It heightened the anxiety of the investigators and the officers on the street. But we would have done what we did if we had never heard of Schroff.''
The sisters were booked under the juvenile code for filing a false police report, Stewart said. He said he did not know their motive.
Attempts to contact the girls' family for comment were unsuccessful Friday. The family has an unlisted telephone number.