Cumberland County authorities responded to South Cumberland Elementary School early this afternoon after minors reported seeing a man grab a child. The allegation made by the juveniles stated the supposed man snatched the female child and ran into a wooded area. Sheriff Casey Cox told 105.7 News this afternoon that as of now, no credible evidence has been found of an abduction. The alleged incident happened during a Jr. Jets football game at the school. “The game was suspended and several announcements were made to parents that if they were missing a child to come forward. No one did,” said Cox around 5 p.m. today. “Our investigators questioned several people including the ones that said they saw the incident. We are continuing to take precautions at the scene but so far there is nothing credible,” added Cox. “You have to have a person missing for it to be an abduction and right now, there is no child reported missing by a parent or guardian.”
105.7 News went to the scene around 4 p.m. as the football game continued and deputies were stationed at the entrance to the school checking vehicles that were leaving as a precaution. Cox added that the Tennessee Highway Patrol assisted investigators shortly after the allegation was made.
Last night, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department issued the following press release in regards to the incident:
Yesterday at approximately 1:26 pm Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to South Cumberland Elementary School on a report of an abducted child where parents and students had gathered for a Jr. Jets and Jr. Panthers football game. Conflicting reports from minors stated they saw a man grab a child and run into the wooded area behind the school.
Immediately a search was implemented on the ground and a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter later joined the search looking for any evidence that would suggest an abduction had occurred.
Cumberland County Sheriff’s Investigators interviewed several people that were present at the event as well as reviewed the school surveillance video.
The game was suspended and several announcements were made to those attending to come forward if they knew of a missing a child and no child was reported missing. Law enforcement officers remained on the premises until everyone had left to ensure no child was missing. After a thorough search and investigation, there appeared to be no credible evidence to suggest an abduction had occurred or that any child was in danger.
Crossville Police Department, Cumberland County Emergency Management Director, Tennessee Highway Patrol and Cumberland County Schools Director of Emergency Management and Security all assisted the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.