This story is taking on a life of its own. More twists and turns than a mountain access road.
The purpose of this is simple distraction and psychic driving. By building a fake set of stories, the second story confirms the first in the deceived’s mind. The second story literally confirms that the first story is true, and your mind is taken off the idea that there is a problem with the first story.
Distraction is a magician’s #1 tool.
Here’s the screengrab with a my markup. No reporters names, no police contact names, no details of the 5Ws of reporting … a completely fabricated story to distract from the fact that the first story is a complete hoax.