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Statement from the City of Maple Valley about Child Luring Reports

Post Date:03/14/2019 3:54 PM

The City of Maple Valley is aware of reports on local Facebook sites about attempted kidnapping or child luring in the Cherokee Bay area and in the vicinity of the King County Library in Maple Valley. After speaking with the Maple Valley Police Department and the King County Sheriff’s Office, this is what we learned:

The alleged incidents in Cherokee Bay were investigated by Maple Valley Police, who determined that there is no evidence to support the reports of suspicious activity.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating a separate reported incident, which occurred Wednesday afternoon outside the Maple Valley city limits near the Maple Valley library. According to the Sheriff's Office, An 11-year-old boy had just exited his school bus at Southeast 248th Street and 214th Avenue Southeast at 3:35 p.m. Wednesday and was walking along 214th toward his house when a silver-gray pickup with a black canopy pulled up alongside him. According to the report, an older, bearded man driving the truck asked the child if he wanted a ride, but the boy said no and ran home. He then told his parents, who called 911. Police are investigating.

The City of Maple Valley encourages parents to talk to their children about safety. We have attached abduction prevention tips from KidSmartz at for your reference. The KidSmartz website https://www.kidsmartz.org/ offers additional, useful information about child safety.

As always, if you see or hear of suspicious activity, please contact law enforcement immediately. If further information becomes available about this incident, we will share that with you.

KidSmartz Prevention Tips [PDF]

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