Casper police on Thursday said they found the person suspected of abducting a child who was playing outside.

The suspect, who was not identified, was being interviewed on Thursday afternoon, police said.

Police said there was no more danger to the community.

“Although the investigation remains ongoing and much work remains to be done, we believe it was important to let our community know they can carry on with their Fourth of July celebrations without the extra worry of a potentially unknown child abductor unaccounted for in our community,” police wrote in a statement.

In the 1 p.m. Thursday announcement, police said a patrol team, with the assistance of community members, identified and found the suspect. The announcement did not include details about how the suspect was apprehended, but a police spokeswoman said the department would be releasing more information.

The child was playing outside Wednesday morning when a man abducted the young person, Casper police said in a statement published online shortly before midnight Thursday.

The statement does not specify if the child had any prior connection to the man, but refers to him as “unknown.”

Police had been looking for the man since 10:52 a.m. the same day, when they arrived at Southwest Wyoming Boulevard and South Coffman Avenue in response to a 911 call about the abduction.

When police arrived at the scene, the man had already returned the child and left, according to the late-night statement.

By 4 p.m. Wednesday, police had called for the public’s help in finding the suspected child abductor.

Police say the suspect was driving a truck, which was identified by surveillance cameras.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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