Posted: May 8, 2012 6:24 PM
Updated: May 8, 2012 10:45 PM
TUCSON-A possible abduction on the far northeast side near Sabino Canyon and Snyder Road.
A call made to 911 Tuesday morning about a 14-to-15 year old boy, and a man in a white van put the Pima County Sheriff's Department on high alert.
Officials say given all the recent cases involving children they took no chances. Detectives and patrol officers combed the area looking for the victim and the suspect. They even had their airplane searching from above.
Renee Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department, says the information given by the 911 caller was that they saw a 14 to 15-year-old boy being followed by a man in a white van. They saw the boy hide the bike and then hid under some brush. Meanwhile the driver in the van circled around looking for the teenager, and left the area when he did not see him.
The boy then came out of hiding and took off running.
Neighbors were shocked to hear about the possible abduction especially since the school bus passes right by where the bike was hidden.
Mary Mallice says, "It's not good because there's too many abductions going on right now. It just, I pray constantly I am just praying for all these kids because they don't deserve this they don't deserve this is not right."
The key just may be the forensics found on the bicycle. It was dusted for fingerprints, and possible DNA. Deputy Carlson says, "At this point we received the initial report and we continued to receive additional information from other people in the area."
From that detectives got a description of the boy and the driver. The Sheriff's Department describes the boy as a Caucasian, 14 to15 years old, medium length brown hair, wearing a dark colored jogging suit, hoodie or wind breaker with blue sweat pants with a white stripe.
The suspect is described as a tan Caucasian or Hispanic man, about six feet tall, weighing 180 to190 pounds, and wearing hiking shorts and hiking boots.
He was last seen driving an older model white van Volkswagen or Ford with Washington plates.
The Sheriff's Department is asking for the public's help in identifying the bicycle and also they're wanting information on the boy and the driver. Please call 88-CRIME or 911.
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