UPDATE: New details in case of missing SUV with child inside

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) ANCHORAGE, Alaska —Anchorage police release new details involving a reportedly stolen vehicle with a child inside Friday afternoon.

According to Captain Bill Miller with the Anchorage police department the vehicle was not stolen.

Captain Miller said the man, who has not been identified publicly at this time seemingly got confused.

Police officers were initially dispatched to Moose’s Tooth around 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon when a man reported going inside to pick up some food and returning to the parking lot to find his gold 2009 Toyota Rav 4 missing with his seven-year-old daughter inside.

The man and the child typically spend the day with each other and it’s possible he was confused due to some medical issues or other factors such as alcohol, Captain Miller said.

Police say the reportedly stolen SUV was spotted around 3:45 Friday afternoon in the area of Tikahtnu Commons.

Officers responded and were able to recover the vehicle with the child and the driver still inside. Police say the driver was identified as the girl’s mother and the two had been together since the morning.

The couple is married and this does not appear to be related to any custody issues, according to police.

According to Captain Miller, the child’s father has been taken to an area hospital for a title 47 hold —which is essentially a mental health evaluation, Captain Miller said.

The man could face charges such as filing a false report, police say.

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