Cochrane RCMP investigating possible child abduction

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A youth told their parents that while at a Cochrane playground, they saw a child picked up from the sidewalk and placed into the back seat of a vehicle, a Thursday RCMP release said.  (David Bell/CBC - image credit)
A youth told their parents that while at a Cochrane playground, they saw a child picked up from the sidewalk and placed into the back seat of a vehicle, a Thursday RCMP release said. (David Bell/CBC - image credit)

Cochrane RCMP are investigating a possible child abduction at a playground.

RCMP said in a release Thursday that police had received a complaint of a possible child abduction at Willows Playground in south Cochrane around 4:17 p.m.

A youth told their parents that while at the playground, they saw a child picked up from the sidewalk and placed into the back seat of a vehicle, the release said.

The youth's parents then contacted police.

"We've had no reports of any missing children," Cpl. Curtis Peters told CBC News on Thursday.

"But we really need to figure out whether it is an abduction, or a misunderstanding of the circumstances."

Limited description available for potential victim

RCMP said the potential victim is described as approximately 10 years old and dressed in blue — but no further description is available.

The vehicle is described as a newer dark blue Jeep Cherokee, and the driver was described as a clean-shaven man wearing a baseball hat with yellow letters.

Investigators are canvassing the area in search of any additional witnesses and video.

They are asking anyone that may have dashcam footage or home security camera footage from the area of Willow Green and Willow Way between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to contact Cochrane RCMP at 403-851-8000.

Investigators are also asking that anyone with information that the incident could be a misunderstanding also contact the RCMP.

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