2:30 P.M. — Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson’s office has released a statement on a 10-year-old who was believed to be missing Monday night.
A representative in the mayor’s office says police were working off of witness statements reporting an abduction, but no family had reported a child missing.
“Upon further investigation, it was revealed there had not been an abduction,” the representative states.
A police update released Tuesday afternoon says the van witnesses saw take the boy away had actually been driven by the boy’s relative.
1:15 P.M. — The Columbus Police Department confirms a 10-year-old boy is safe after police originally reported investigating his abduction.
A press release confirms the white van suspected in the incident was being operated by a relative. The child has been returned home safe.
COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Columbus Police Department confirms an urgent search is on for a 10-year-old boy who appears to have been abducted Monday night.
A press release says the child was seen being pulled into a white van on Ventura Drive near the intersection with Ballanca Street at about 8:00 p.m.
Police say two 12-year-old boys were witnesses to the alleged abduction. They tell police the suspect is a black male in his late 30s or early 40s and driving a white utility van similar to the picture above provided by police.
The witnesses say the van has a Georgia tag with a “K” as one of the letters on the plate. There was a blue or red ladder on top and a ladder on the left back door. Each of the two rear doors had a rectangular shaped window. The windshield, two front door windows, and the two rear windows were described as having “limo tint.”
The missing child is a white male with black hair, wearing an orange t-shirt and jeans. He was last seen riding a green bicycle, but police were not able to find a bicycle at the scene.
If you have any information about this incident please call the Columbus Police Department 911 Center. You can also reach Special Victims Unit detectives at 706-653-3400 or at 706-653-3449.