Seattle police said today that the report of an attempted child abduction at a Queen Anne elementary school last week was unfounded.
Detectives have determined that an emergency contact was attempting to pick up two children from an after-school on behalf of their parents. However, a miscommunication led to reports that the children had been targeted for abduction.
The children were not in any danger and detectives have closed the case, police said.
Police were initially told that someone had approached a staff member at a program housed at Coe Elementary School at about 3:40 p.m. on Thursday and said he was there to pick up the two children. The individual knew the full names of both children and claimed he had been asked to pick them up by their father, who was reported to have had car trouble, police said.
The staff member followed protocol and told the individual he needed to show ID in the program’s office before signing the children out for the day.
The individual never showed up at the office, so staff contacted the kids’ father. Police were called after the father told employees his car had not broken down and he had not asked anybody to pick up his children.