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Police: 6-year-old feared to have been abducted in Southwest Philly is found safe

May 11, 2019 - 4:15 pm

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia police say a young girl, feared to have been abducted while inside a reported stolen vehicle in Southwest Philadelphia, has been found safe.

Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Carl Holmes says around 2:20 p.m. officers responded to a call from a woman that claimed her car was stolen and that her niece was in the back seat of the vehicle. 

Holmes says officers located the vehicle but it was empty. However, he says, officers spoke with the woman further and found that "there was inconsistencies with her story."

Police were then able to find the child's father, who says that the young girl had "been with him all day." 

Holmes says that officers are now questioning the aunt, who called 911, about her "state of mind" and how exactly the car went missing.

"We don't believe that the child was ever with the aunt, or was ever in that car," he said. "However, we are doing the requisite follow-ups to make sure everyone is where they are supposed to be, so to speak."

Homles goes on to say they are not sure that "original stole vehicle car was actually accurate," but they do believe that "the aunt lost custody of her own vehicle."

He says due to the inconsistencies in her story detectives are working to sort this all out, but that they do not believe that the 6-year-old was ever in the vehicle today.

Authorities are holding the Impala as a crime scene at this time.