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Communications mix-up culprit in reported child abduction in Lexington

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – A communication mix-up turned out to be the culprit in what was first believed to be a child abduction in Lexington Thursday night. Shortly after 6 p.m., officer began searching for a specific man they thought might have abducted a 12-year-old boy in a truck.

According to Corporal Cameron Mortenson, spokesman for the Lexington Police Department, the problem was as a result of parents who were separated and had not clearly communicated to others that the child would be picked up by the man. It was believed that he was the boy’s grandfather.

Once the original call came in reporting that the child might have been abducted, Lexington officers, assisted by other agencies, quickly locked down the area and monitored who was moving in and about the town and community. Officers were stationed at most major intersections, and a BOLO, or be on the lookout, was broadcast to agencies across the Midlands.

As officers looked into the matter further, it was discovered that the child was safe and was supposed to be in the company of the individual who picked him up. Mortenson said that a report for information was filed, but the department had no reason to take any further action in the case.

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