FORT MYERS- On February 3, 2010 at 8:30 p.m. the Fort Myers Police Department received a report of an attempted abduction. The 10-year old child told detectives that he was participating in an outdoor school function at Allen Park Elementary when he was approached by a stranger. The child said the man tried to get him to enter a vehicle.
Police alerted the public to the potential danger and issued a regional be on the look out to area law enforcement.
The following morning police began working with the school interviewing students and teachers that participated in the event. In addition detectives canvassed the area and used the Lee County Sheriff’s Office Aviation Unit in effort to look for similar vehicle as described by the child.
Detectives conducted a search of motor vehicle records and the sex offender database.
After much work police have been unable to locate any witnesses or evidence to support the child’s report. However, the investigation remains open.
Police urge parents that this is a good opportunity to teach or remind children about stranger dangers and reporting suspicious activity to police.
Anyone with information is asked to call FMPD at 321-7700, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS or text message C-R-I-M-E-S (274637) Keyword FMPD. Tipsters can remain anonymous.