BOSTON (WHDH) - A reported kidnapping incident in Boston turned out to be a “misunderstanding,” according to police, after the van and child at the center of the case were safely located.

Boston Police provided the update at 4:47 p.m., hours after officials asked for the public’s help in locating a vehicle allegedly tied to the incident involving an 8-year-old child.

Details on what caused the misunderstanding have not yet been released, but the department thanked all individuals involved in contributing to the search.


Original article posted at 2:17 p.m., Oct. 13

Boston Police are investigating a reported kidnapping at 700 Commonwealth Ave., near the Boston University campus and the BU East MBTA stop, at about 1:10 p.m. The investigating is in its preliminary stages.

Police said the boy who’s been reportedly kidnapped is an 8-year-old and is of Asian descent. The suspect in question is a white female.

Boston University students in the area notified police of the suspicious-looking incident.

Police have shared an image of a possible suspect motor vehicle, a dark-colored van, possibly a gray Mercedes van with a white ventilation bubble on the roof and several stickers on the bumper, one being a yellow oval sticker. It was headed toward Kenmore when it was last seen.

This is a developing story. Stay with 7NEWS on-air and online for updates.

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