It had a happy ending, but there were plenty of minutes to fear the worst Thursday afternoon.
Hudson’s Hope RCMP says someone stole a vehicle with a 3 year-old child inside shortly before 12:50.
Mounties notified all surrounding RCMP detachments along with the local fire chief and Hudson’s Hope maintenance workers to set up watch posts for the vehicle.
Municipal workers located the vehicle abandoned in an alley behind a local gas station at 1:14.
The child was still belted in a car seat and reported to be in good spirits.
Investigators believe the short distance between where the vehicle was stolen and where it was found indicates the thief dumped the vehicle once the child was noticed.
RCMP is asking for help identifying a suspect in the case.