A fake missing children flier is circulating around Bellingham, according to the Bellingham Police activity log.
Around 9:50 a.m. Tuesday, Child Protective Services notified police about the flier.
When contacted for more information, police referred the questions from The Bellingham Herald to CPS.
When CPS was contacted, a media spokesperson referred the questions back to Bellingham Police, citing confidentiality issues.
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When contacted again, police declined to give information on where the flier was supposedly distributed, how many were there, or even what was printed on the flier – police cited a section in the Washington state code about confidential juvenile records.
Police did say that distributing fake missing children fliers was not a crime, but did not elaborate.
If the public encounters a flier, police Lt. Danette Beckley said “as with any piece of information they come across – verify it.”