Child abduction attempt in Whistler
Aug 31, 2013 / 8:14 am
Every parent's worst nightmare nearly occurred Thursday in Whistler.
Thursday evening, at approximately 8 PM, Whistler RCMP received a complaint that a male had approached two boys, ages 6 and 8, outside a local restaurant and had asked them if they would go play in the woods with him. The boys refused so the male called them a name and left without incident.
The male was described as a white male in his 50s, wearing a black t-shirt and black Jeans, with a medium build, approximately 5'10, balding, blond hair, clean-shaven and possibly wearing glasses.
Whistler RCMP conducted extensive foot and vehicle patrols in the Village as soon as the complaint came in, and are all keeping an eye out for anyone matching that description, says Staff Sergeant Steve Leclair.
No other incidents were reported, but the RCMP would still like to remind the public to be vigilant and keep a watchful eye on any unattended children. Though incidents of child abduction are rare, Whistler RCMP would also like to remind parents of the following safety tips:
- Be sure you know where your children are at all times and when they are supposed to return home.
- Never leave a small child alone - at home or in the car - even for just a few minutes.
- Explain that rides should never be accepted without consultation with the parent, even if the child knows the individual.
More safety tips are available on the BC RCMP's 'street proofing' page.
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