Scottsdale police investigate possible child abduction near school

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scottsdale police are investigating a possible child abduction near an elementary school.

Police responded to a report of a child possibly abducted from the street near Sonoran Sky Elementary School on Thursday.

Sgt. Ben Hoster said a witness observed a white male in a red baseball cap grab a boy approximately 10 years old near 75th Street and Sweetwater Avenue then leave the area.

The male was driving a white Toyota two-door truck, possibly a Tacoma or Tundra.

"That witness said that they observed the suspect ... forcefully throw the child in the car, so we're going off that and we're trying to investigate further," Hoster said.

Police do not have any reports of missing children at this time and all students at Sonoran Sky are accounted for, according to Hoster.

He said it is possible the witness may have seen a parent picking up a child or something similar.

Police officers were searching nearby neighborhoods, and they released a composite sketch in hopes that someone will be able to provide an explanation of Thursday's event.

The school was placed on lockdown as police investigated the reported incident. That lockdown was lifted in the afternoon.

Parent Venous Sadeghi said she is glad police and school officials are taking the report seriously.

"It is really reassuring because you wouldn't want to hear about it after the fact and then find out that it was really something," she said. "You want to know what's going on."

Contact the Scottsdale Police Department at 480-312-5000 if you have a child who should be home and is not or if you have information that could help the investigation.

Sonoran Sky Elementary School is part of the Paradise Valley Unified School District.