At­tempted child ab­duc­tions in Car­bon be­lieved to be false

The Drumheller Mail - - NEWS - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Drumheller RCMP has con­cluded their in­ves­ti­ga­tion into re­ports of at­tempted child ab­duc­tions in the vil­lage of Car­bon late last month and want to re­as­sure par­ents in the com­mu­nity they be­lieve there is no fur­ther threat.

Re­ports of three Car­bon youth be­ing ap­proached and lured by two men in a ve­hi­cle were made to RCMP on June 29. Af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing and in­ter­view­ing a male in­di­vid­ual who was pos­i­tively iden­ti­fied by RCMP, po­lice feel the sus­pect holds no threat to the com­mu­nity and the re­ports may have re­sulted from both fab­ri­ca­tion and fear from the three youths in­volved.

Drumheller RCMP Con­sta­ble Ja­son Ger­ard tracked down the in­di­vid­ual and the sus­pect ve­hi­cle, but af­ter in- ter­view­ing him, he felt the in­di­vid­ual is in­ca­pable of the crime due to a men­tal ill­ness re­lated to an ac­ci­dent.

“Judg­ing from the sto­ries from the three youths in­volved the sto­ries and de­scrip­tions of the male didn’t fit in. The de­scrip­tions range all around,” said Cst. Ger­ard.

Cst. Ger­ard said the man lives just out­side of Car­bon and is fre­quently in town.

“I guess this per­son usu­ally sits in town and uses the

Within an hour it was al­ready on Face­book. On so­cial me­dia, peo­ple hear some­thing and they plop it on with­out go­ing into facts.” Con­sta­ble Ja­son Ger­ard

WiFi in one area of town, and he’s one of those peo­ple that park in town and who peo­ple look at and think there’s some­thing weird about him. Sto­ries can get blown out of pro­por­tion.”

Re­ports of two males in a van lur­ing chil­dren to their ve­hi­cle were posted on Face­book shortly af­ter it was re­ported to po­lice, caus­ing a sense of worry through­out both the Car­bon and Drumheller com­mu­ni­ties.

“Within an hour it was al­ready on Face­book. On so­cial me­dia, peo­ple hear some­thing and they plop it on with­out go­ing into facts. I’ve been through a child ab­duc­tion case in Ster­ling a cou­ple years ago that fit the same, and you had peo­ple on Face­book pop­ping up, and at the end of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion we found out it was an autis­tic boy who made up ev­ery­thing and peo­ple started com­ing to their own con­clu­sions,” said Cst. Ger­ard.

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