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Oaklyn Police Explain Mysterious Incident of Jan. 28

Chief Joseph Abbate shed some light on his call for public input on a reported incident last week.

Last week, Oaklyn Police sent out a very vague call for public aid in the matter of an incident that may or may not have occurred outside the CVS on the White Horse Pike between 7 and 8 p.m. on Jan. 28.

At the time, Oaklyn Police Chief Joseph Abbate said that releasing too much information on what may have been seen—or not seen, for that matter—could compromise the investigation.

Today, Abbate explained the need for secrecy.

"The initial report came in to police as an abduction," Abbate said in a statement released Tuesday afternoon.

"At the beginning, responding officers were skeptical about the manner in which this incident was reported," the statement read. "Investigators are now confident that this did not take place. Furthermore, the reporting person has now stopped cooperating with this police department."

Abbate went on to thank those who heard about the story and came forward to clarify the matter.

As the old saying goes: No news is good news.

Evan J. Roskos February 05, 2013 at 09:23 PM
Excellent news, and excellent closing.
Matt Skoufalos February 05, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Amen. We see enough tragedies (on a sliding scale) every day.
Peeches February 05, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Thanks so much for keeping Oaklyn safe.
Loretka February 06, 2013 at 07:02 PM
This "explanation" does not really "explain". So what was the original report? All this says that the initial report came in as an abduction. What was actually seen ? More details would be nice.
Matt Skoufalos February 06, 2013 at 07:23 PM
The question is whether what was reported to have been seen occurred at all. Police haven't released any details on that subject, but as you can see above, they are saying that the person who phoned it in stopped cooperating with the investigation and other people in the area at the time called in to say they saw nothing.

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