It was originally reported that Newton had been shot and abducted by an unknown perpetrator. An Amber Alert had been issued for California and Nevada. Police had been searching for a masked man in a Honda-type vehicle.
Newton was later located in Bakersfield. According to Bakersfield police, Newton was discovered deceased Wednesday afternoon.
At 10:35 a.m., 9-year-old Zane Newton was reported abducted. The report said the boy was shot before being taken into a car. Police say the deceased child's friend made up the kidnapping-shooting story.
According to police, Newton was playing with another boy outside his home when, Newton's friend said, a black-looking Honda-type vehicle with a white driver-side door pulled up. The boy said a man got out of the car, shot Newton in the shoulder, then grabbed and kidnapped him by putting him in the car. Police have determined that the boy made the story up.
Zane Newton was a white juvenile, 4' 3" tall, approximately 75 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes.