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Aiken, SC (WLTX) - Aiken County officials have determined that the earlier report of a mountain lion missing from Aquarium Pets is false.

Investigators have determined that the entire story was fabricated.

Lt, Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety said they don't know why the original complainant fabricated the story.

Mahoney states, "This information would have not have come to light without the assistance of the media and concerned citizens that followed the story on the news and social media."

The search for the missing mountain lion has now turned into a criminal investigation pertaining to the filing of a false police report.

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