San Diego police canvassed Logan Heights Wednesday after receiving a report of several people in the trunk of a vehicle.
Officers were investigating what they described as suspicious circumstances on South Evans Street and Kearny Avenue.
Residents said they saw a black car and then saw a child in the trunk of the car.
However, police say witnesses did not hear any arguing.
Out of an abundance of caution, officers swarmed the neighborhood in search of a black Acura.
The lieutenant on scene said a witness saw several people in the back seat.
Then saw someone open the trunk of the Acura.
That witness reporting seeing what appeared to a be a 10-year-old girl in the trunk.
Police say another passenger who was sitting in the front passenger seat then hopped into the trunk, according to the witness.
Several hours later, San Diego police said the case was being investigated as a smuggling case, not a kidnapping. They said the driver of the Acura was contacted and was not detained or arrested.