Police: Helena child abduction call ‘unfounded’

Published 10:58 am Friday, May 10, 2013

By NEAL WAGNER / City Editor

The Helena Police Department determined no foul play took place on May 9 after officer received a call reporting a child had been abducted in the Amberly Woods subdivision.

According to Helena police Sgt. Chris Rollan, the department received a call at about 4:50 p.m. reporting a “possible attempted child abduction” in the 1100 block of Amberly Woods Drive.

“As with any call of this significance, we had numerous police officers in vehicles and on foot in the area of Amberly Woods while our detectives investigated the reported incident,” Rollan wrote on the department’s Facebook page. “This no doubt caught the attention of many residents.”

Rollan said officers investigated the call and conducted a “very thorough investigation,” and determined the report was unfounded.

“We wanted to inform local residents that there was no suspect still outstanding and to be informed against any rumor or speculation, which unfortunately tends to swell with incidents like this,” Rollan wrote. “Of course, we always encourage anyone to call with reports of any suspicious activity, especially if it involves activity in the immediate vicinity of children.”