GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a 10-year-old girl abducted in Pennsylvania by her mother's ex-boyfriend is not the man's daughter, despite his claims that the girl was his daughter.
Officials in St. Lawrence County say 39-year-old Peter Tarbox and 55-year-old Annette Williams were driving to their home in Norwood when a police officer in the village of Gouverneur spotted their car at a gas station Thursday night around 11 p.m. and took them into custody without incident.
Officials say the girl, 10-year-old Alexandria Jade Long, was found safe in the vehicle. Police say Tarbox claimed he was the girl's father when he was captured, but investigators found that to be false.
Pennsylvania State Police issued an Amber Alert in New York around 9:20 p.m. after they determined the girl had been abducted Thursday afternoon from her home in Gordon in eastern Pennsylvania and was traveling heading toward the town of Norwood, N.Y.
Police say they're trying to verify Tarbox's claim that the girl is his daughter.
Police initially said the suspect is the former acquaintance of the abducted child's mother from seven years ago, and is a stranger to the child.