LPD no longer looking for vehicle in luring case

LEWISTOWN – Lewistown Police are no longer looking for a white vehicle in connection with a reported child luring incident on Saturday, according to a report from police.

Police said the original report filed involved a five-year-old boy who was walking on Chestnut Street with two adults when the alleged incident occurred. According to the report, the vehicle description was given to the public because of the nature of the incident.

Police said over the course of Sunday and Monday, investigators conducted interviews and reviewed videos of the incident captured by local security cameras and have concluded the witnesses misinterpreted what had in fact occurred. According to the report, no luring of the child did occur and police are no longer looking for the previously described person or vehicle. Police are encouraging area residents to report any suspicious activity involving children so that it can be investigated.

Although this incident did not occur as originally reported, Lewistown Police are asking the public to use this opportunity to reinforce safety recommendations from the National Safety Council for young children including:

Children should first check with parents or guardians before going anywhere

Telling children not to ever accept rides in vehicles when not with family members

Encourage children to tell a trusted adult anytime something has scared them

Children should walk with a friend whenever possible and use the buddy system

Teaching children to say “no” to any adult who is making them feel uncomfortable