October 24, 2013 at 1:12 PM
Police have not confirmed reported abduction in West Seattle
Seattle police have not been able to confirm a report of a possible child abduction this afternoon in the Gatewood area of West Seattle.
Police say they have not found anything that leads them to believe there was an abduction, but are continuing to investigate as a precaution.
Police say a young girl between the ages of 6 and 12 had been reported abducted just before 1 p.m. The only witness to the alleged abduction is a 6-year-old student at Gateway Elementary School, according to police.
The school did a head count and quickly determined all students were accounted for, according to Timothy Chambers, a special education instructional assistant.
The girl who was reportedly abducted was described as white and was wearing a pink top. She was possibly abducted by a white man in his 30s or 40s driving a large silver pickup, according to police.
Lesley Rogers, spokeswoman for Seattle Public Schools, said the Gatewood Elementary student described to school staff seeing a man carrying a young girl into the vehicle.
“We did an accountability check, everyone is there. We have let other elementary schools in the area know and we’re not reporting anyone missing,” she said.
Chambers said as soon as they learned of the alleged abduction, school officials thought about the recent incidents of indecent exposures in West Seattle. Initially, the school was under shelter-in-place, but that was lifted around 2 p.m.
In recent weeks, police have investigated a string of indecent exposures at and around Westside School and Holy Rosary School in West Seattle. There have been no arrests.
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