ELLINWOOD — Ellinwood Chief of Police Art Keffer Monday confirmed that an alleged abduction attempt in Ellinwood over the weekend was simply a matter of miscommunication.
“It’s better safe than sorry,” he said. “The child was able to give us a good description and we were able to follow up on all parties involved and determined no crime had occurred.”
A child on a bicycle met an older man coming out of the Ellinwood Post Office, and the man said something in jest to the child. The child took the statement as a threat, and reported the incident to the parent who contacted police to make a report, Keffer said.
This follows on reports last week of an unknown person reportedly attempting to abduct a child in Holyrood. According to the report in the Great Bend Tribune Sunday, a child walking home from Central Plains Elementary School was approached by an elderly man driving a late-model blue minivan, and offered the child a ride home, but the child said no and made it home safely.
The Ellsworth County Sheriff confirms no further developments in the Holyrood incident have been made.