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Jeffco incident was "miscommunication," not attempted abduction, sheriff's office says

Posted at 5:17 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 19:17:29-04

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. – A reported attempted abduction in Jefferson County earlier this month turned out to be a "miscommunication" between the driver of a van and a child, authorities said Thursday.

The sheriff's office said the attempted abduction allegations were unfounded and that the investigation was closed.

The encounter happened about 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 in the 8600 block of West Progress Place, where a child reported that a man driving a white van told children to "get in the van."

Investigators located the driver, and the sheriff's office on Thursday said the incident wasn't an attempted kidnapping, "but rather a miscommunication between what the driver said and what the child heard."