Police had received a report at 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, May 28, that a man had tried to abduct a pair of girls.
"Through subsequent interviews the two girls eventually admitted that the incident had not occurred as reported and there was no apparent abduction attempt," said a statement from Chief Eckerdt released today (Tuesday).
"The Powell Police Department wants to assure our citizens that we take these reports very seriously and have procedures in place for both the investigation of such an incident and also the public notification process," the release continued. "We recognize the importance of the role of the public in an actual abduction, and as a result we will make as much information available as soon as the investigation will allow."
It's important to talk with kids about safety, Eckerdt said. Parents should talk to kids about safe places to go in an emergency, where to go in case they can't reach a parent and they need a ride, and who trusted adults are. The conversation does not have to be limited to abductions, he said.
"As we breathe a sigh of relief, the Powell Police Department would like to encourage parents to capitalize on this opportunity to discuss and/or develop a safety plan with their children," the release said.