UPDATE: An ‘extensive investigation’ by Squamish RCMP has revealed there was no attempted child abduction in Garibaldi Highlands.
The General Duty Watch and General Investigation Section Members of the Sea to Sky RCMP did an extensive investigation and concluded that there was no attempted abduction and that at no time was there any risk to the general public or the youth involved, police said in a press release issued early morning.
“The safety of the children in our community is of paramount importance to the Sea to Sky Squamish RCMP, and we would like to thank everyone who assisted investigators in the course of their investigation,” said Constable Katrina Boehmer, Media Relations Officer for Sea to Sky RCMP.
On February 9, around 4:17 pm, Squamish RCMP responded to a reported child abduction attempt near Highlands Way N and The Boulevard in Garibaldi Highlands, police said in a brief press release.
At approximately 1:22 pm, an 11-year-old boy was approached by a man who invited him to get into his truck. The suspect then followed the boy to Garibaldi Highlands Elementary School. After a thorough investigation, Squamish RCMP said it identified the suspect’s vehicle and spoke to the owner.
Police have also assured the public that there is no imminent threat to safety. The investigation remains active, and those with relevant information are asked to contact Squamish RCMP at 604-892-6100.