Headline — 30 January 2015 — by Rowland A. Parks
School children abducted – police seek Caucasian man

BELIZE CITY, Thurs. Jan. 29, 2015–A report to the media late this evening that four students of Queen’s Square Anglican Primary School, three girls and a boy, had been abducted from in front of the school could not be officially verified at press time tonight, but what has been confirmed is that the parents of two children had made a missing person report to police, and also that, according to a report made by a child, the children had been taken by a man in a white van.

A child reportedly told police that 4 of her schoolmates had been abducted in a van

This information was verified around 9:45 p.m. tonight, Thursday.

Police sources confirmed to Amandala that the abductor may have been a person of Caucasian descent who is operating out of a white van that had been spotted in the Corozal and Orange Walk Districts. He reportedly had been trying to lure children into his van, but none took the money that was offered as bait.

An unverified report to us is that the van was also seen in Belmopan.

A senior police officer also told our newspaper late this evening that Crime Investigation Branch officers are following up on the reports and that by tomorrow, Friday, the police ought to have more information.

There has, however, been reluctance on the part of one senior police woman to even entertain questions on the very serious subject of the children’s reported abduction.

“We have a press officer,” the tight-lipped officer said dismissively.

After 6:00 p.m. this evening, the principal and vice principal of Queen’s Square Anglican Primary were seen waiting beside their vehicles outside of the school’s compound almost at the corner of Armadillo and Dolphin Streets.

The two women appeared troubled. One of them had the door to her SUV opened and was leaning on her vehicle with her head down.

When asked if it is true that four of their students had been abducted earlier this evening, they could not, at that time, confirm that the abduction had actually occurred. Nonetheless, the expression of real concern was printed on their faces.

One of them, however, told Amandala that she heard that one student witnessed the abduction and went home and told one of her parents what she had seen.

The parent then took the child to the Police Precinct One, where police are said to have taken a report, one of the two women confirmed.

One of the women said that they have been at the school all evening, but no parent had come forward to confirm that their child was missing and had not returned home from school.
Amandala has been able to confirm that a report has been broadcasted on the police radio network.

The police radio reported that a white van abducted three girls and one boy from the vicinity of the school.

The two principals did not leave the school area until after 7:00 p.m., but no parent had showed up before they left. Neither was any parent seen at the two nearby police precincts — precincts one and two — earlier this evening when the story broke.

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