• Police investigating abduction report, ask for public's help


    SEATTLE - Police continue investigating whether a girl was abducted near a West Seattle school Thursday afternoon, but have not found any evidence to substantiate the report.

    Shortly before 12:40 p.m., officers went to Gatewood Elementary School in the 4300 block of Southwest Myrtle Street for the reported abduction.

    “Preliminary investigation indicates that a student notified school staff that she believed she witnessed an abduction of a young girl adjacent to the playground during recess in the 4300 block of SW Frontenac Street,” Detective Jeff Kappel said in a statement. “She described a white male covering the mouth of a 6 to 12 year old female, placing her in the cab of his pickup truck and driving away.”

    Officers said they found two additional witnesses, one adult and one child, who saw the vehicle and girl in question, but did not see any foul play. 

    “At this point officers have not found any evidence that a crime occurred,” Kappel said.

    Police from Seattle, King County, Tukwila and the State Patrol helped in the search. Gatewood Elementary School and other area schools accounted for all their students, Kappel said.

    “After all leads were exhausted a small contingent of Seattle police officers remained at the school until it closed at 6 p.m.,” Kappel said. “Officers and detectives will continue to investigate and follow up on any clues or leads they receive.”

    Police said the truck described was a full-sized pickup truck, single cab without a canopy and dark tinted windows.

    The vehicle’s driver was described as a white male in his 30s to 40s with short black hair in the back transitioning to brown in the middle and blond longer hair at the front, Kappel said. He wore a thigh-length black robe or coat. 

    The white girl seen with him wore a pink top. 

    Police are asking that anyone with information or potential video to call 911 and said anonymous tips are welcome.

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