No charges for elderly couple in child abduction investigation
Published Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:34PM ADT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 28, 2015 1:30PM ADT
The RCMP have concluded their investigation into an alleged child abduction in Western Shore, N.S. and say no charges will be laid.
A 10-year-old girl reported that she was walking along Highway 3 around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday when a mid-sized black car stopped beside her.
Police say the girl thought the elderly couple inside the vehicle was offering her a ride home. She declined and ran away to report the incident.
However, after speaking to the couple, police say it appears to have been a misunderstanding.
Investigators say the couple had pulled over to ask the girl about an unusual and unfamiliar sound they had heard.
“My understanding is, in the Chester area, there’s a loud air raid siren that is heard whenever firefighters are needed to attend a call, and they had stopped to inquire what the sound was as they were driving their car,” says RCMP Const. Mark Skinner. “They were unfamiliar with that particular sound in the area.”
Police verified the details on the couple’s webcam.
They say the girl did the right thing by running away and reporting the incident, but there was no criminal intent, and no charges will be laid.