Authorities: No evidence of attempted abduction in Jackson County

BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WKBT) — Investigation Monday showed no evidence that a reported attempted child abduction near a Jackson County school took place, according to a Jackson County officials.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office said Monday it was investigating a report of an attempted child abduction Sunday near an elementary school; however, further investigation by law enforcement and the School District of Alma Center-Humbird-Merrillan showed there was no evidence the incident took place.

“Throughout the morning we have been working with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department to investigate this report.  We have reviewed video recordings and interviewed all children involved.  At this time, there is no evidence to substantiate the reported attempted child abduction,” said Superintendent Paul Fischer.

The office received a report at about 7:40 p.m. Sunday by the baseball field of Lincoln Elementary School in Merrilan. Deputies responded to the area and met with several children who were all safe. A suspicious old gray panel van was reported to be seen in the area and suspected of being involved, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office sent out a reminder to the community to remind people of the importance of supervising children.