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Aug032011

No Explosives Found in Device Attached to Australian Teen

Agri Press/Thinkstock(SYDNEY) -- The suspicious device that appeared to threaten a trapped 18-year-old woman in Australia for more than 10 hours on Wednesday was not a bomb, police said.

New South Wales state Police Assistant Commissioner Mark Murdoch told Australia's 2GB radio station that, "In the end it turned out to be no explosive."

The object was either placed near the teen -- identified in media reports as Madeleine Pulver -- or attached to her body, but police have not yet made that information public.

The victim, Madeleine Pulver, according to the Sydney Morning Herald, is the daughter of wealthy businessman William Pulver. That has fueled speculation that the situation was an attempted extortion plot, but police will not comment on those reports.

Pulver is a student at the Wenona girls school in North Sydney, Australia, according to the paper.

Police called the object "very elaborate, very sophisticated." Police are looking for a person they believe planted the device. The girl lives in one of Sydney's wealthier neighborhoods.

Police would not comment on reports that the item was a collar bomb strapped around the teenager's neck or on reports that a man wearing a balaclava reportedly entered her house and attached a device to her body.

Police said the motive is a mystery.

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