Abduction Alert Message For Eight Year Old Girl From West Valley City Utah
Outline Alert message circulating via Facebook and other websites claims that an 8 year girl in West Valley City, Utah was abducted by two men driving a white sedan with the licence plate 9770J or 977AJ.
The apparent abduction attempt described in the alert message was reported to police by a witness in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 17, 2010. Police conducted extensive searches for the girl and her family and issued an Amber Alert. However, police no longer believe that an abduction actually took place and have now cancelled the Amber Alert.
West Valley City, Ut little girl, 8 years old, picked up by two men driving a
early-90s model white sedan, license plate:9770J or 977AJ. Put this as
your status. It could save her. This kidnapping is recent so do it. 3
seconds will not kill you.
The apparent abduction attempt described in the alert message was indeed reported to police in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 17, 2010. A woman contacted police after seeing what she believed was a child abduction in which two men driving a white four-door sedan picked up "an 8-year-old white girl with long blonde hair, a light blue sundress and dark colored sandals". The licence plate on the car was reported as containing either 9770J or 977AJ.
Police took the report seriously and immediately conducted an intense investigation in which officers searched neighbourhoods near where the child was picked up in the hope of finding information about her identity and current whereabouts. They also issued an Amber Alert for the girl. However, authorities now believe that the initial report may have been in error and have subsequently cancelled the Amber Alert. An article about the case published on Fox13 News notes:
There were hundreds of police officers searching nearby neighborhoods for the girl's family but had no one report her missing or seen her with the suspects. "We have not received any reports of a missing child and feel more comfortable it may be an erroneous report. We will follow up all leads for a while but we're feeling more comfortable we may not have an abduction," Sheriff Jim Winder said.
A June 19 article in The Salt Lake Tribune notes that police no longer believe that an abduction took place. Although they are not doubting the credibility of the witness's report, police now think they there may have been an innocent explanation for what she saw. Given the lack of any concrete information about a missing child, authorities see no reason to reissue the Amber Alert at this time. However, they do urge people with any information about the case to contact police.
Given that the Amber Alert has now been cancelled and authorities no longer believe that an abduction actually took place, the continued circulation of this message is no longer necessary and may be counterproductive.