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UPDATE: Chief: No immediate threat in alleged attempted abduction

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UPDATE: Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen says there's no immediate threat, concerning a letter that was sent out to parents about alleged attempted child abductions.

A shocking letter is being shared all over Facebook as a warning saying in part, "there has been an attempted child abduction at the ball diamonds."

Misti Meron told KWWL her 7-year-old was approached by two middle school aged kids while playing at the playground in Deerwood Park. She says they told her son "to get in their vehicle if he wanted gum."

Thankfully her son didn't go, but it was enough to scare her about what could have happened.

"It's terrifying, especially after the two girls (Lyric and Elizabeth) came up missing here a couple years ago. It's every parent's worst nightmare," she said.

Evansdale Youth Sports Association (EYSA) board member Diane Peters says more than 800 kids play around here in leagues. Once the board heard about this, they wanted other parents to know so they sent out this letter for coaches to read to parents.

"It's a reminder that you never know who is around, " Peters said.

Chief Jensen agrees.

"This is why it's important to have that stranger danger talk," he said.

Chief says he does not believe any children are in danger but the incident remains under investigation. He adds more officers will be patrolling the area around the baseball fields.



Many parents have been reaching out to KWWL, concerned after a letter from the Evansdale Youth Sports Association was posted online.

It reads, "We have been informed that there have been attempted abductions down here at the ball diamonds with in the last week."

We spoke with board member Diane Peters who said a mother reported that her little boy was approached by two "middle school aged" children who tried bribing him to get into a vehicle for candy. Peters said it was reported to Evansdale Police. 

The letter goes on to say, "After reporting and talking with the Waterloo and Evansdale police, these situations are becoming more active around our area. They are trying to get children for sex trafficking."

We spoke with Evansdale Police Chief Jeff Jensen who says he is looking into it but he has not heard of any attempted abduction reports.

Tune in tonight at 5 and 6 for the full story. 

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