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PPD is not sure if girl was abducted or not

PRESCOTT ­ Prescott police officers are investigating a report of the abduction of a 12-year-old girl Friday night, but they're not sure if there is actually a case to investigate.

Shortly after 10:15 p.m., a 12-year-old female walking home from the Prescott High School football game told police she saw a man jump out from behind a row of bushes near an office complex undergoing remodeling on Ruth Street.

"The witness thought that the victim was a friend of hers, so she started to cross the street to talk to her friend," Sgt. Amy Bonney said. "When the witness got about halfway across the street, she realized that the victim was not who the witness thought she was. That's when the male jumped out from behind the bushes and grabbed the victim."

The witness told police that when the assailant wrapped his arm around the victim's shoulders, she bit him on the arm, forcing him to adjust his grip, pick up the girl and run away from the scene toward Scott Street.

The problem investigators are having, Bonney said, is they cannot substantiate the witness' statements. Bonney said there are no other witnesses and no one has filed a missing person's report or called police regarding a missing girl.

"The witness has given us good details and has been very consistent. We have no reason to think the information is not credible," Bonney said.

Prescott police established a perimeter around the incident scene, brought out canine search dogs to sniff out clues, and called for a Ranger helicopter from DPS to search from the sky.

The witness told police that the victim is a Hispanic female, about 12-years-old, with dark, shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a red short-sleeved shirt and Capri-style blue jean pants. The male assailant is described as being of Hispanic descent, 6-feet tall and 160 pounds, wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, and dark sneakers.

"We're concerned that (the victim) may have told her parents that she was staying at a friend's house, so they don't know that she's missing," Sgt. Kenneth Morley said Saturday afternoon. "Right now, we're pretty much just waiting for somebody to call."

Bonney said anyone with information should call the Prescott Police Department at 778-1444.

Daily Courier reporter David Hirigoyen assisted with this article.

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