In a follow up to a story from yesterday, The City of The Dalles Police Department and North Wasco County School District are pleased and relieved to announce that the investigation of the suspected attempted abduction has revealed that there was no attempted abduction. Instead, parents of two different students called the school within minutes of each other and the message intended for one student was accidentally sent to another student. The message directed the wrong student to walk to the location of Great and Small Day Care where the student was to remain until the parent could pick that child up. It is a relief that this event is a simple mistake and not a more ominous event. The City of The Dalles and North Wasco County School District greatly appreciate the assistance of the public, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Oregon State Police.
Original Press Release:
On June 5, 2018, a person called Dry Hollow grade school purporting to be a parent of a child. The School followed existing protocol and believed they had confirmed the identity of the caller. As happens on a daily basis, the school gave the child directions for a specific location where the child was to be picked up by the child’s parent. The person who called was not in fact the parent of the child. The child was located by the parent safely and the child was not harmed in any way. No further details are available at this time.
It is not known if the incident is the result of a misguided prank or if there was some other ill intent by the person making this call. Parents and others should be vigilant but not panic until more information is known about the incident.
This incident is being taken seriously by law enforcement and schools, and is under investigation by The City of The Dalles Police Department, the Wasco County Sheriff’s Office, Oregon State Police, with assistance from the Wasco County District Attorney’s Office. Together, along with the schools, we are doing everything possible to make sure our children are safe.
There will be additional law enforcement presence at the schools during pick up and drop off times, until the end of the school year.
If you have any information please contact The Dalles City Police Department at (541) 296- 2613.
If you have information for the schools, please contact the North Wasco School District at (541) 506-3420