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UPDATE: Report of attempted abduction unfounded, police say

Powell Police say a report of an attempted abduction last week was not true.

In a news release Tuesday evening, Powell Police Chief Roy Eckerdt said two 12-year-old girls retracted their earlier statements.

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.


  • posted by JL

    June 04, 2014 11:25 am

    This is a sick sad thing these kids did. This event terrified all of us and were scared for our kids. There needs to be a big punishment for these girls. This is unacceptable.

  • posted by Donna

    June 04, 2014 9:21 am

    Sadly, even in small towns, some children crave attention and will lie to get it. These girls need some counseling.

  • posted by Rich

    June 04, 2014 9:18 am

    I don't know the circumstances or what ever was really going on but taking it as the article describes it, it's no better than if it were true. Say there is a man who fit the description and couldn't step foot out of his house the next day without getting dirty looks, stares, or police interrogations for something that didn't even happen. It's just not right. I agree with Linda, a false accusation for a serious crime most definitely deserves discipline.

  • posted by Linda Brazney

    June 04, 2014 5:55 am

    So with all the concerns about the government and how 'things' operate, how is the public to know what is the truth here. I understand that the public forces strive to be sure citizens are aware of such incidents. I think both those girls need to do some public apologies and public service for their actions, if this was not a true story. No, don't let THEM choose THEIR discipline. 20 hours of public service isn't going to hurt them! Have them (separately) help do the year end school cleaning or have them work with an officer for a couple of days. Let THEIR reality set in on what they've done.

  • posted by Nikki

    June 03, 2014 11:28 pm

    Why in the world would those girls make something like that up?!?! I read somewhere too that one of the moms made a statement as well. How could they have thought that was okay. Way wrong. I definitely talk to my kids about things like this and my faily have a safety plan. It's VERY sad and scary to think that those girls thought it was ok to do that.

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