UPDATE: Investigators Determine Female Youth Sent Threatening Kidnapping Message

Fort McMurray, AlbertaWood Buffalo RCMP has concluded the interviews of the four persons who had been arrested yesterday and they have all been released.


A female youth from Fort McMurray has been identified as the person responsible for sending the message. No charges have been laid to date however the investigation is continuing.


Uttering threats of kidnapping via Instagram results in four arrests – UPDATE 1

Fort McMurray, AlbertaWood Buffalo RCMP continues to investigate this occurrence with the interviews of four persons. Two have since been released without charge while two remain in custody.

The investigation is ongoing. Police have advised all school districts there continues to be no imminent threat to public safety as a result of this occurrence.


Uttering threats of kidnapping via Instagram results in four arrests

Fort McMurray, Alberta – On October 3rd, Wood Buffalo RCMP responded to a report of uttering threats of kidnapping via Instagram messaging involving students from different schools in the Fort McMurray area.

As a result, investigators were able to track down the I.P. address. Four persons were arrested at a Fort McMurray residence and are currently being interviewed.

Wood Buffalo RCMP has advised both the Catholic and Public School Districts of the investigation taking place.

Police do not believe there is any imminent threat to public safety. Social media is monitored by Wood Buffalo RCMP and take these types of incident seriously.

Investigators are asking anyone who may have information regarding this occurrence to contact Wood Buffalo RCMP at 780-788-4000. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime stoppers, and if you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest(s), you may be eligible for a cash award.

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