Peace Regional RCMP would like to advise that upon further investigation, no attempted child abduction occurred. The alleged suspect was a volunteer of a church group who was running a children’s day camp and was attempting to solicit children to join their camp due to low enrolment.
Peace Regional RCMP are aware that a photo of the volunteer has been circulating on social media, however are not aware of who would have released it. Upon seeing the photo, the church volunteer contacted the RCMP and was fully cooperative with the investigation.
On July 20, 2022, shortly before 3:30 p.m., Peace Regional RCMP responded to an attempted child abduction on Whitehead Drive on Woodland Cree First Nation.
It was reported that a 5-year-old child was playing in the front yard when an unknown male drove up in a dark blue SUV and asked the child to get into his vehicle so they could go on a vacation. The male drove off when the child’s mother came out of the house.
The male suspect is described as:
Possibly in his 60’s
Tall and Slender
White hair and beard
Upon further investigation it was learned this same suspect had approached another group of nearby children and attempted to lure them into his vehicle.
Local residents do not believe the suspect is from the area.
Peace Regional RCMP are asking anyone with information on the suspect or his vehicle, or surveillance footage of a dark blue SUV that has been in the area, to contact the RCMP Detachment at 780-624-6677. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.