UPDATE: Police continue to investigate report of possible abduction at middle school

Williams Lake RCMP continue to investigate a report of a possible abduction attempt Monday.

Williams Lake RCMP continue to investigate a report of a possible abduction attempt Monday at Columneetza, the city’s middle school campus.

According to acting RCMP Sgt. Matt Shearer, police received a call to investigate the incident at 3:29 p.m. Monday, after a female student reported that she was approached by a white male with a beard in his 30s-40s who tried to grab her after asking if she needed a ride. The man also reportedly tried to grab a second student, she said.

The student reported the suspect male was with a female in what was described as a dirty, older, four-door white car.

Police have not been able to find other witnesses to corroborate the incident and have not identified any suspects.

“No further substantiated complaints of this nature have come to light,” said Shearer.

“However we do ask the public to report any suspicious incidents to police as soon as possible.”

SD 27 assistant superintendent Harj Manhas confirmed the RCMP are conducting an investigation.

He said all schools in the district have supervisors at the busing lanes and on the school grounds after school.

Manhas added when reports such as this come to light, it is a good time for parents to talk to their children about what to do if they are approached by a stranger.