WAVELAND, MS (WLOX) - Waveland police are still looking into reports of a possible child abduction near the Walmart on Hwy. 90, but Chief David Allen said no parents have come forward reporting a missing child.
Allen said a woman reported seeing a man drag a small girl into the woods by the store around 7:30 p.m. Monday. After hours of searching, Allen said investigators found no sign of a suspect or missing child.
Officers from Waveland, Bay St. Louis, and the Hancock County Sheriff's Department joined in the search Monday night.
Allen said a man matching the description given to police was seen in the woods, but he ran when officers approached him, and officers were unable to catch him. After that man was seen, the area was contained, and K9 units were called in to join the search.
Allen said officers searched Walmart and found no parents had reported missing children. Investigators also reviewed hours of surveillance tape and found no sign of a child in or around the woods near the store.
Allen said a shoplifter was reported at the store just before the incident, and that could have been the man who ran from officers.
Officers also checked nearby apartment complexes to see if anyone reported a missing child. The search was called off around 10:15 p.m. after all leads were exhausted.
Allen said the woods around the store are used by people living in nearby apartment complexes, and it's possible the witness saw a person walking through the woods with their own child.