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FALSE REPORT:Attempted Abduction Of 10-Year-Old Girl

Officials are saying the report from Archer County about an attempted abduction of a 10-year-old girl is false.

Newschannel 6 first received word from the Sheriff's Office about an attempted abduction of a female in front of Archer City High School last Friday afternoon.

The report initially said the girl was walking home from her elementary school when approached by a man in his late 40's, asking if he could give her a ride home. When she refused, the report says the suspect then tried to grab the girl before she pulled away and ran to safety.

We sat down with Archer City Police Chief Joe Burton, to sort out the details.

He says the attempted abduction call came into them on Sunday night.

This call launched a full investigation involving not only the Archer County Sheriff's Office, but also the Archer City Police department.

"We were able to determine that it was unfounded that the situation did not occur. Also that there was no attempted abduction of a child in archer city as reported. " said Police Chief Joe Burton.

Chief Burton stresses the kids in the town are safe, but is quick to add that it's important for parents to remember that the possibility of a child abduction actually taking place in Texoma, is not out of the question.

"Potential for a situation to occur is anywhere, anytime, anyplace, for any reason. This is just one of those things that we don't have any control of. But the thing we can do is educate our children."

Chief Burton said that's done by telling kids about stranger danger, and who they should talk to if someone makes them uncomfortable.

"The sooner that we in law enforcement can get involved in investigating the better the chances of having an arrest or happy ending to the story."

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