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Possible attempted child abduction in York County shows conflicting details, authorities say

The alleged abduction attempt occured in the 1100 block of Oriana Road on Tuesday, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office. (WYDaily/Google Maps)
The alleged abduction attempt occured in the 1100 block of Oriana Road on Tuesday, according to the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office. (WYDaily/Google Maps)

The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office is investigating an alleged attempted abduction Tuesday in York County.

However, there appears to be conflicting details in reports about the incident.

At approximately 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, deputies arrived at the 1100 block of Oriana Road after a report of an attempted abduction, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office Wednesday.

When deputies arrived on scene, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl had been playing on a field outside when they said someone tried to grab the the boy.

At that time, the girl was able to break the grip the person had on the boy and pushed the person away after kicking them, said Shelley Ward, spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office.

The parents of the children filed the report, Ward said.

In statements to the police, one of the children described the suspects to be a white man with curly blonde hair and a white woman with dark hair.

However, the two children’s descriptions of the vehicle did not match. One described the vehicle to be a white box moving truck with a Statue of Liberty printed on the side, while the other child described the vehicle as a white Jeep.

Ward said deputies also took statements from other parents and children in the area who all gave different descriptions of the vehicle.

Authorities said they believe it to be an isolated incident with conflicting details, according to the news release.

“Perhaps there is an innocent explanation,” said Sheriff J.D. “Danny” Diggs in the release. “But we would much rather respond to a suspicious incident than to miss an opportunity to stop a crime, protect the public or catch a criminal.”

Authorities said they will increase patrols around the area as the investigation continues, and requests that if anyone has information about the incident to call the Crime Line at 888-LOCK-U-UP or the sheriff’s office’s tip line at 757-890-4999 and refer to report No. 1901554.

Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron
Alexa Doiron is a multimedia reporter for WYDaily. She graduated from Roanoke College and is currently working on a master’s degree in English at Virginia Commonwealth University. Alexa was born and raised in Williamsburg and enjoys writing stories about local flair. She began her career in journalism at the Warhill High School newspaper and, eight years later, still loves it. After working as a news editor in Blacksburg, Va., Alexa missed Williamsburg and decided to come back home. In her free time, she enjoys reading Jane Austen and playing with her puppy, Poe. Alexa can be reached at

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