A reported attempted abduction in McMechen remains shrouded in secrecy as of Tuesday.
A man in a truck reportedly approached a young child on the street early Monday morning.
Marshall County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bill Helms says something happened, because the sheriff’s department was asked to provide assistance.
“We received a call from McMechen Police for a little assistance on an I.T. issue,” Helms confirmed.
He says a deputy helped them with some video evidence.
“They were looking for, I believe, a red truck with a sign that said ‘Oversize Load’ and I believe the driver of this truck had stopped a child, approximately 10 years old.” Chief Helms confirmed.
In the summer, when kids are often playing outdoors in public places, the possibilities are alarming and the lack of any information from the police department strikes people as even more alarming.
“Well I certainly think when you’re talking about children and certainly the abduction of children, that the more information you have out there, the more eyes you have looking for vehicles or looking for people, so I certainly think it’s not wise to keep that kind of thing under wraps.” said Sue Mills of Wheeling.
“Well I say the law should talk to the parents up there in McMechen,” said Roger Dunham of Roberts Ridge. “I think they ought to notify them, tell them about it, so their kids won’t be abducted.”
Chief Deputy Helms says the information is vague.
“In this county with all the gas work that’s going on, you know, half the vehicles you see have an ‘Oversize Load’ sign on them.” Helms noted. “But at this point in time, that’s the only information we’ve been offered. So if folks need more, I would advise them to contact McMechen Police Department.”
He urges parents to know where their children are at all times, to insist on the buddy system and to impress upon them the old adage “never talk to strangers.”