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Missing Clark man found in North Carolina, recants kidnapping story

A Clark County man turned up unharmed in North Carolina after apparently concocting a scheme to make it look as if he had been kidnapped.

Gary Wayne Clark was reported missing earlier this week after he did not show up for work at the Clark County Public Schools bus garage. Clark's home was ransacked, and investigators found a cell phone — on which 911 had been dialed — on his garage floor, Clark Sheriff Berl Perdue Jr. said.

Early Thursday, Clark went to the Huntersville, N.C., Police Department and said he had been kidnapped at gunpoint and forced to drive there from Kentucky, Perdue said. Late in the day, Clark recanted and said he had personal problems and needed to get away, Perdue said.

News reports have surfaced that connect Clark to a 10-year-old boy near Charlotte. Officials in Huntersville have not returned calls for comment. Perdue said he could not say whether Clark might face charges in North Carolina but said he will not face any charges in Clark County.

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