possibly abducted at Nazareth Borough Park right around sunset, has been called off, after an unsuccessful search by numerous law enforcement agencies including the state police and FBI. At 1 am, Nazareth Police Chief Thomas Trachta told The Express Times that no one has reported a missing child.
So ends a night of Nazareth in lockdown mode, with sirens wailing after Subarus on Mauch Chunk Street, suspicious guys in hoodies leaving the Valero gas station to walk to the circle and helicopters whirling overhead
Nazareth's budget this year called for a special detail officer to be stationed at the park on weekends, from 4 pm until sunset, until the bathrooms are closed for the winter.
Those bathrooms are still open, but on September 1, Chief Trachta issued a memo stopping this previously approved detail It might have been a cost saving measure. It might also have been retaliation aimed at two full-time officers who regularly filled those shifts.
Whatever the reason, this seems like another stupid decision.
Had an officer been at the park, there'd be no need for a massive police search because nothing would have happened.