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Police determine there was not an attempted abduction at a Joplin school

Updated: Feb 5, 2013 04:29 PM CST

Updated February 6:  The Joplin Police Department says no arrests will be made following a report of a suspicious incident around Royal Heights Elementary School on Monday.

Police say school officials, the alleged victims, and other witnesses have been interviewed and they determined the alleged suspect was not yelling at the school children, but instead, had been yelling at an adult female who lived close to the school.

Police say they had originally received a report via Facebook that a man drove up to the fence outside of the school and tried to get a nine year old girl into his truck.

"It is imperative that we investigate fully any allegation involving the safety of the children in our community" says Lt. Darren Gallup in a news release issued on Wednesday.  "We are happy that this case came to a successful resolution and all the children involved are safe".

Posted February 5, 2013:  Joplin police have interviewed a man suspected of trying to coax a student into his truck.

Authorities say they received a report from the Royal Heights Elementary School saying a man drove up to the fence outside the school and tried to get a nine year-old girl into his orange truck.

Officers found that orange truck and have questioned the driver of the truck.

Investigators are still trying to piece together exactly what happened and no arrests have been made.

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