ISU police find no evidence of alleged abductions near ISU

Illinois State University and Normal Police continue to investigate. (Photo courtesy: Susan Saunders/WJBC)

By Blake Haas

NORMAL – Illinois State University and Normal Police are addressing social media rumblings about attempted abductions near ISU’s campus.

Normal Police Public Information Officer Brad Park says after an investigation, the investigators found no physical evidence the social media post reported.

According to a social media post, ISU police report no evidence of any criminal conduct were found, and anyone who witnesses any situation of concern should call 911.

Speaking with WJBC’s Marc Strauss, Park said the department continues to investigate.

“What we can say at this point is the (responding) officer did not find anything of evidence or value that would substantive any type of abduction, but we’re differently looking into it. One of the main things that we’ve noticed throughout the day is social media is kind of blown up with people sharing or commenting or different stories; questions have been raised, and we’re trying to kind of make sure everyone is getting the right message out there of how we’re working the case.”

ISU police continue to receive calls from students and family members regarding fear created on social media.

“Well, I don’t believe it’s any type of prank. I do believe the female that did call us yesterday was fearful of something. Our main goal is the safety of our community and our campus. We work hand-in-hand with (the) Illinois State police department. We’ve been trying to get the message out on being safety,” added Park. “And safety consists of when your walking or driving to be focused on what you’re doing and not be distracted by headphones or have your head down in your phone while your walking.”

Park said when there is an imminent threat to the campus community, an ISU Emergency Alert will be issued to the student body.

Blake Haas can be reached at Blake.Haas@Cumulus.com.

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