RCMP say no offense committed in "suspicious" vehicle incident
The RCMP is asking residents of Northwest River to remain calm, after an alleged incident last week, where a “suspicious” car offered to give a child a ride on a rainy day.
It was clear, through messages posted on facebook, that some residents assumed that this was the act of a child predator. But RCMP Cpl. Rick Mills, Labrador District’s Media Liaison, said there’s no certainty that a criminal offence has occurred.
“…All that we know is that an incident occurred in Northwest River. On that particular day it was raining, it could just have been someone who pulled up, offering to drive the individual home,” said Mills.
“But our investigation hasn’t confirmed that there was any wrongdoing at all, it was just a suspicious car.”
In a statement released by the RCMP last week, the vehicle is described as a “small black car with tinted windows.”
As of Friday, October 11, the RCMP was still investigating and still looking to track down the driver. Cpl. Mills says that there have been no other reported incidents of a suspicious vehicle offering children rides in central Labrador.
The RCMP took to social media to ask people to remain calm and to clear up any information that might of spread through facebook. One RCMP officer posted a message to the facebook group “NWR Community News” asking residents to allow the police to investigate the incident, before jumping to any conclusions.
“…We are just looking to speak to the driver at this time as no offence has been committed,” said the facebook message.
“We decided to respond via Facebook as we were made aware of many concerned people discussing it in this forum, some of whom are suggesting taking maters into their own hands. Unless it is an emergency, please let the RCMP handle the investigation accordingly. With your help, we expect to resolve the matter shortly. We are taking this complaint seriously as we do with all matters reported to us. Thank you.”
The Labradorian contacted the RCMP today for an update on the investigation, but no one was available for comment at the time.