Two teenage girls are facing charges over a prank telephone call that prompted police in the Tyler County town of Sistersville to spend needless hours searching for a little girl in trouble.

The 15- and 16-year-old students at Tyler Consolidated High School are accused of leaving a fake message on a woman’s answering machine on Sept. 28. The caller asked for her grandmother, said her mother had dropped her off and then shrieks about a man threatening “to get” her.

Police spent about a week investigating the call before dispatchers received an anonymous tip that the call was a prank.

That call was traced to a student at the school.

Both girls are charged with making a harassing phone call, among other charges.

Court dates have not yet been set.

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