Report of Kidnapping in Back Bay a Misunderstanding, Police Say

Boston police released an image of a grey Mercedes van that could be involved in taking the child on Commonwealth Avenue; an Amber Alert has not yet been issued

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A report of a possible kidnapping of a boy on Commonwealth Avenue in Back Bay was a misunderstanding, Boston police said Thursday afternoon.

Police said the incident that set off the investigation took place near the Boston University East T Stop, according to police. Sources told the NBC10 Investigators that students by a BU dormitory saw what they thought was suspicious behavior: a woman getting out of a van, grabbing a boy and putting him in the van. The woman being sought is 5-foot-8 with blonde, frizzy hair and wearing blue cargo pants.

The van and the child have been located and the situation was determined to be a misunderstanding.

More details were not immediately available.

The vehicle drove toward Kenmore Square and downtown Boston, according to police.

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