On February 1st 2017, an alleged attempted abduction surfaced on social media. The alleged offence was brought to the attention of the Ontario Provincial Police and investigators immediately began to look into the matter. It was determined that the events were said to have occurred within the jurisdiction of the West Nipissing Police Service and the investigation was handed over.
A review of the initial investigation suggested that there were inconsistencies in the accounts of events. The complainant was re-interviewed by West Nipissing Police on February 14th and it was determined that the allegations were not truthful. A charge of Public Mischief has been laid.
The West Nipissing Police Service wishes to thank the Ontario Provincial Police for their thorough initial investigation and teamwork throughout the inquiry. We wish to thank the community for their assistance and reassure residents that there are no public safety concerns linked to this incident.