Anchorage police now say a report of a girl's attempted kidnapping from a South Anchorage elementary school’s playground Friday evening, which prompted a Saturday alert from APD, was unfounded.

A brief statement from police Sunday morning said the conclusion was the result of "a thorough investigation by detectives."

"It is the goal of the Anchorage Police Department to keep the public informed by releasing preliminary information about investigations where a potential threat is involved," police wrote. "As investigations develop and new discoveries are made, all preliminary information may be subject to change."

Neither the information which led to APD releasing its initial alert, nor that which prompted the update were mentioned in Sunday's statement. APD spokeswoman Kendra Doshier said she was unable to answer further questions about the matter until Monday.

In an initial account Saturday night, APD said the incident occurred at about 6:30 p.m. Friday, as a group of girls were on the playground at Kasuun Elementary School on 68th Avenue just west of Elmore Road.

“The adult male further approached one of the girls and proceeded to grab and pull her arm,” police wrote. “When the group of girls began to scream, the suspect released the girl's arm and fled into a nearby wooded area on foot. There were no injuries.”

Doshier had said police didn't receive a report of the attempted abduction until Saturday.

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