Sylvan Lake RCMP conclude attempted child abduction to be unsubstantiated

Sylvan Lake, Alberta – Following an investigation into a report that started as an attempted child abduction, the Sylvan Lake RCMP want to assure the community that there is no public safety concern.

On May 14 at 9:30 p.m., the Sylvan Lake RCMP responded to a complaint that a young girl was involved in a suspicious conversation with two adults. There was no physical interaction and the young girl went home. The interaction caused concern for the girl’s family and the RCMP investigated.

The subjects of this complaint were identified, located and interviewed by trained RCMP investigators. It was determined that there were communication barriers involved between these subjects and the young child. The RCMP are satisfied that there was no criminal intent in this verbal exchange.

“The community can trust that we are committed to public safety and will advise if we identify a safety concern” says Staff Sergeant Andrew Shepherd, Detachment Commander of Sylvan Lake RCMP. “The young girl did the right thing by going home and talking to her parents. Unfortunately, social media is aggravating what is a solved investigation. All people in this community deserve to be treated respectfully, and act accordingly.”

The RCMP will not be providing further information on this investigation.

Sylvan Lake RCMP



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