(Pocatello Police Advisory, October 21, 2022)

Pocatello, ID–At 3:15 this morning, the Pocatello Police Department issued the following update about the possible abduction that was reported last night:

Through further investigation, we were able to determine that incident was not an attempted abduction.  The vehicle referenced in earlier releases was in the area, but was not involved in the incident, and the report of an armed suspect was unfounded.  School District 25 as well as the Idaho State University will be notified of the positive outcome of the investigation.  We wish to thank all who were involved in assisting with the investigation.



Original story: 

October 20, 2022

Pocatello–The Pocatello Police Department has issued the following advisories regarding a possible abduction that took place Thursday afternoon:

October 20, 7:56 p.m.: The Pocatello Police Department is investigating a suspicious set of circumstances that may involve the possible abduction of a juvenile.  The juvenile was located in the area of Olympus and Pocatello Creek Road, but we are asking for the public’s help in locating and identifying a vehicle of interest.  A photo of the vehicle is attached to this alert.

The vehicle was seen in the area of Olympus and Pocatello Creek at approximately 5:20 p.m. [on Thursday, October 20] at which time the juvenile exited the vehicle. We believe that the vehicle was also seen in the area of Pole Line and Cedar at 5:30 p.m.  We are asking anyone with information concerning this vehicle or incident to contact the Investigations Division of the Pocatello Police Department at (208) 234-6121.



October 20, 9:32 p.m.: Upon receiving further information, it is believed the possible abduction occurred in the area of Alameda Middle School at approximately 3:40 p.m.  Further information obtained leads us to believe the person of interest is a slender male, unknown race, wearing dark colored pants and a dark colored hooded sweatshirt.  The male is also believed to have been armed with a handgun.  We believe the suspect vehicle was last seen west on Alameda, south on McKinley and then turning west onto Marlu at approximately 3:41 p.m.  The suspect has not been located at this time, but we are following several leads and are reviewing several sources of video.  Officials with School District 25 and Idaho State University are being notified and officers are stepping up patrols in areas of interest.


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