Manatee County Sheriff's Office doesn't believe anonymous report of child abduction

jdeleon@bradenton.comJune 26, 2014 

MANATEE -- The Manatee County Sheriff's Office does not believe there was an abduction in connection with the suspicious circumstances reported Tuesday by anonymous source who claimed a child was taken off a bicycle and placed in a van.

"At this point, we have done everything we can do," sheriff's office spokesman Dave Bristow said. "We don't believe that at this point there was any sort of abduction."

The anonymous caller had reported seeing a child taken from a bicycle near 39th Street East and State Road 70 and put into a 2005 tan Ford cargo van at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The van reportedly continued westbound on State Road 70 and ran the red light at 30th Street East.

Deputies searched the area and located a Mongoose 20-inch BMX bike on the north side of the road west of 39th Street East along State Road 70, according to the sheriff's office.

Businesses in the area were checked for video of the incident but nothing was found.

The sheriff's office has not received any reports of missing children, Bristow said.

Jessica De Leon, Herald law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter@JDeLeon1012.

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