Deputies debunk post claiming white van used for abduction attempts in Harrison Twp.

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Deputies have debunked a Facebook post shared nearly 800 times where the user claimed a white van was used for abductions and human trafficking in Harrison Twp.

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The post centered around a traffic stop made by Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office deputies at the intersection of Shoup Mill Road and Riverside Drive in Harrison Twp. Thursday around 4 p.m.

The user and other users in the comments insinuate the van was used for attempted abductions in the area; a claim the sheriff’s office denies.

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“We can confirm that deputies did stop this vehicle but there are NO abductions,” Christine Ton, Media Director at the sheriff’s office said.

According to dispatch records, the traffic stop was made on the van after a deputy witnessed the van “almost hit another car.”

The driver was cited for driving under suspension, failure to drive in marked lanes, and a license plate violation, according to records.

The van was also towed from the scene due to the citations, records show.

In the post, the user also made a claim about the items inside saying “you should see the inside of this van.” However deputies said nothing suspicious and nothing that required a criminal investigation was found inside.

The sheriff’s office continues to encourage citizens to report anything suspicious, but warned over highly-shared social media posts that do not come from law enforcement agencies.

“Residents should be advised that unless the information is coming directly from the Sheriff’s Office or their local police department—to be cautious of what may be posted online,” Ton said.

“If there are concerns about an alleged crime happening that is spreading online, contact your local police department via phone so that they can address that concern with you directly,” she said.

Investigators added they have not taken any recent reports in Harrison Twp. involving vans attempting to abduct people.

“We encourage residents to always call 911 in the case of an emergency or to contact the Regional Dispatch Center’s non-emergency number at 937-225-4357 (HELP) if they ever see something suspicious,” Ton said.

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