On Monday, the Palestine Police Department received a report of a possible child abduction. The initial case report indicated that a 10-year-old female told her parents that she had been taken from the bus stop by a man allegedly armed with a handgun. The child was allegedly taken to a van and driven to an abandoned house several blocks away.
After an extensive investigation into this matter, the Palestine Police Department was able to determine that the incident never took place. This determination was made after several interviews with people in the neighborhood and a second interview with the victim.
Detectives from the Palestine Police Department were also able to locate the house where the victim had allegedly been taken after the abduction. There was evidence to suggest that no one had been inside this house for some time.
According to Sgt. James Muniz, there was information given at the beginning of the investigation that did not add up.The incidents must be fully investigated until such time that there is sufficient information or evidence to prove that the incident did or did not take place. In this case we have determined that the incident did not take place and that there was no evidence found to support the allegations made during this incident.
Sgt. Muniz talked with officials with the Palestine ISD and was able to keep them up-to-date during the investigation. Palestine ISD has also been informed of the police department's final findings into the matter.