SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — On Tuesday afternoon police in Springfield put out an alert about the possible abduction of a little girl from an elementary school.
We are currently investigating a reported child abduction from Bissett Elementary. More info as it becomes available.
— Springfield PD (@SGFPolice) May 20, 2014
But as Tuesday night turned into Wednesday morning, an Amber Alert still had not been issued and the department said there hadn’t been any reports of missing children in the area.
The department stated in a series of tweets that the validity of the initial report could not be confirmed and at no point on Tuesday did it declare an official abduction.
The public was alerted to be on the lookout for a kindergarten-aged white girl with light hair, wearing a pink shirt and blue jeans. The possible suspect had been described as a heavy-set black male in his 20’s wearing an orange shirt and driving a blue/gray older model four-door car in beat up condition.
But the police department updated in a tweet released at about 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday that all of the children who matched the possible victim’s description, and were seen leaving the school building on surveillance video, were accounted for.
KY3 reported that two kids outside the school reported seeing a man grab the girl and threw her into the car kicking and screaming at about 3:30 p.m.
The department later asked on its Facebook page that if any parent or caregiver picked up a child from the school and the child was outwardly upset to call the department with that information.
FOX 4 will provide more updates to this story in the event that an abduction is confirmed and more information is released.