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MCSO: No child confirmed missing in Waddell

Posted at 4:32 AM, Dec 10, 2015

Maricopa County deputies investigated a possible missing child or child abduction in Waddell, Arizona for 13 hours, but no child has been confirmed missing to MCSO as of Wednesday at 10:19 p.m.

Spokesman Joaquin Enriquez said the incident was reported Wednesday near Citrus Road and Olive Avenue, just west of the Loop 303.

MCSO received a 911 call from a child who claimed to have seen another child being pulled into a van near Mountain View Elementary, which is in the area.

Deputies went door-to-door to investigate the report. 

Around 10:19 p.m., MCSO said that after investigating for 13 hours for a possible child abduction, no child had been confirmed missing to MCSO. 

At least two schools, Mountain View School and Shadow Ridge High School, had been put on delayed dismissal "out of an abundance of caution" as authorities investigate, Dysart School District officials said. 

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The suspect description given to deputies was an older man with white hair, wearing dark sunglasses and black jacket. He may be driving a white full-size van, said Enriquez.

In a statement to ABC15, Dysart Unified School District said officials at Mountain View School have been able to account for every one of its students, including those who were absent from school on Wednesday.

MCSO said the child witnesses, at a distance, saw a man with white hair who was wearing dark sunglasses and a black jacket pull to the side of the road and exit a van where he grabbed a child, of an unknown gender between the ages of 4 and 8 who was on a bike, and place the child and the bike into the van. 

Deputies made sure all the kids at Mountain View were accounted for, and even made house visits to those who were absent. 

Many calls came into MCSO about matching suspect and vehicle descriptions but none were found to be connected. Sheriff deputies then released kids from the school once a parent was identified, and all children had been released around 7 p.m. with still no report of a missing child by anyone in the area. 

By 8 p.m., MCSO had scaled back its man power. By 10:30 p.m., MCSO removed its command post near Olive and Citrus. 

MCSO said there was no confirmed report of a missing child in the Waddell community. 

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