Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP in Alberta Community Try to Quell Online Gossip over Man in Van

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

RCMP in Alberta Community Try to Quell Online Gossip over Man in Van

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RCMP try to quell gossip over man in van

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AIRDRIE, Alta. - RCMP in a community north of Calgary are trying to quell an online frenzy of reports of attempted abductions of children, calling them well-intentioned but misinformed and misleading.

It started Friday night and Saturday morning when Mounties in the Airdrie detachment received two complaints of attempted abductions.

The RCMP say they are being investigated but the differing circumstances and descriptions led to the conclusion there was no individual actively attempting to kidnap children.

However, over recent days Mounties say there have been numerous posts to social media by community groups detailing suspicious encounters with unknown people and several complaints filed about a suspicious male in a van near children.

Mounties say several vans were identified and in each case it was determined "that operators were abiding persons who simply live and work here in Airdrie. …

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