A woman who claimed to have fought off two men trying to abduct her from a Dunedin street earlier this month made the story up, police say.
Police began investigating the complaint after the 18-year-old said two men tried to haul her into the car on Fort St, near Otago University, in broad daylight on May 7.
However, police now say it was a false complaint.
"Police are working closely with the family of the complainant and are unable to make further comment at this stage."
Police thanked the public for their help during the investigation.