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Police: Social media post on child kidnappings not true

Even though these reports were unfounded, McKee is asking everyone to report any suspicious activity and remain vigilant.

Posted: Oct. 12, 2018 7:04 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A post circulating on social media claiming multiple attempts of child kidnapping along Interstate 5 is not true, police said.

The Facebook post by Douglas County Human Trafficking Task Force gained thousands of shares of social media. The post said the attempted abductions were happening in the parking lots of grocery stores all the way from Salem to Eugene.

Police in Albany, Eugene and Springfield said they received numerous calls from worried citizens, but Lt. Scott McKee with the Springfield Police Department said the information isn't coming from a law enforcement group and is not legitimate. McKee said social media posts like this can cause unnecessary alarm.

"The whole community is concerned about child welfare and safety and anything like that, I guarantee you we would be the first out there talking about it," McKee said.

Even though these reports were unfounded, McKee is asking everyone to report any suspicious activity and remain vigilant.

KEZI 9 News reached out the people behind the facebook page but hasn't heard back. The post has since been removed.

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