Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Attempted Child Abductions at Lutheran Churches, MN

Pioneer Press [St. Paul. MN]
22 April 2008

Washington County / Dubious e-mail stirs abduction rumors

Two churches deny alleged attempts at child snatching

By Mary Divine

An e-mail about alleged abduction attempts at Lutheran churches in Stillwater and Afton has church officials working to squelch the rumors spread via "the electronic grapevine."

The e-mail, which was allegedly written by a pastor at a Stillwater area church, described recent attempted abductions of children at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater and Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton. It also said there had been abduction attempts in Mahtomedi and White Bear Lake.

"There is concern that this man could attempt to make contact at another church or school," according to the e-mail, which was signed "Pastor Karen."

Stillwater police say the abduction report at Trinity Lutheran was unfounded. Officials at Shepherd of the Valley in Afton said Tuesday that no abduction ever took place. [...]

Stillwater Gazette [MN]
23 April 2008

Assumed abduction attempt fires up rumor mill


Consider it a classic case of the rumor mill gone awry, aided by modern technology.

Local faith and school communities were buzzing this week over supposed abduction attempts at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater and Shepard of the Valley Lutheran Church in Afton - but police and church officials say nothing of the sort occurred. [...]