Smyrna police said a resident filed a false report about a man saying he was from "CPS" and was at the home to remove a child.

UPDATE, JULY 30

Smyrna police detectives have determined the report on Friday about the impersonation of a social worker was a hoax.

“After exhaustive investigation and follow-up, detectives are able to definitively say that this incident never occurred,” said Cpl. Brian Donner. “Detectives are continuing to investigate the motive behind the initial false report.”

On Friday, Smyrna police received a report about a man allegedly impersonating a social worker who told a resident he was at the home to remove a child.

Smyrna officers responded to the unit block of Harkins Drive north of East Commerce Street. A resident reported that a few minutes earlier, a man knocked on their door, said he was from "CPS" and was at the home to remove the children or child. The resident said the man knocked on the door again but then got into a car and fled the area in an unknown direction. The resident described the suspect as a very thin white male in his early 30s, about six-feet tall with brown hair and sunglasses, wearing khaki shorts and a white t-shirt. The car was described as a white mid-sized four-door sedan of unknown make and model.

Again, Smyrna police determined the resident’s report is a hoax.

On Monday, Donner said charges may be filed against the resident if deemed appropriate. If and when an arrest is made in this case, a news release on the suspect’s name, charges and bail information will be made available, he said.

ORIGINAL REPORT, JULY 28

Smyrna police detectives are investigating an incident involving a man allegedly impersonating a social worker who told a resident he was at the home to remove a child.

At about 2:37 p.m., Friday, July 27, Smyrna officers responded to the unit block of Harkins Drive north of East Commerce Street. A resident reported that a few minutes earlier, a man knocked on their door, said he was from "CPS" and was at the home to remove the children or child.

The resident closed the door and went downstairs to contact police.

The man knocked on the door again but then got into a car and fled the area in an unknown direction.

The suspect was described as a very thin white male in his early 30s, about six-feet tall with brown hair and sunglasses, wearing khaki shorts and a white t-shirt.

The car was described as a white mid-sized four-door sedan of unknown make and model.

Smyrna police investigators are working to solve the case and identify the man described by the resident. 

"It should be noted that no legitimate 'CPS' agency exists in Delaware," said Smyrna Police Cpl. Brian Donner. "Any and all state social workers will have proper identification. Any persons who experience anything similar are encouraged to contact their local police agency to assist in verifying the identity of any case workers."

In a separate press release several hours later, Donner provided additional information on the case.

“Further investigation by detectives has resulted in the SPD determining that there is no active public safety threat at this time,” he said.

“The investigation continues to progress and more details will be forthcoming,” he said.

Additional information will be released July 30 or July 31, Donner said.

Police are asking anyone with information about this case to call Smyrna Police Detective Davis at (302) 653-9217 or to contact police on the website www.smyrnapolice.org or through social media. People with crime tips may remain anonymous.