UPDATE: Attempted abduction was a false report
Tuesday morning, the Hubbard County Sheriff's Office announced that an attempted kidnapping was a false report by a child.
The sheriff had sought public assistance in locating a cargo-type van that was involved in a possible attempted kidnapping Sunday afternoon in Dorset. According to chatter on the police scanner, the child reported that an unknown male pulled up near the Dorset Chick'n Coop Restaurant and ordered the kid to get into the vehicle. The child ran away, and the vehicle sped away. The van was described as either silver, tan or brown in color. The driver was said to be a white male between 25 and 50 years old. According to the sheriff office's Facebook page, deputies collected video surveillance and were looking for more information on the van and suspect.
"We had very limited information, but due to the seriousness of the matter, felt the need to notify the public through our mass emergency notification system (Everbridge). The Sheriff’s Office has since learned that the attempted abduction did not happen and the report made to our office was false. The Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the public for their assistance in the matter," said a sheriff's Facebook post on Tuesday.