Possible abduction attempt reported near Monticello school
MONTICELLO — Police are investigating a possible abduction attempt Tuesday afternoon near Lincoln Elementary School.
Monticello Police Chief Michael Galloway said three 12-year-old girls were approached by an older pickup truck with a red topper. The woman driving asked the girls if school was out. The driver then asked the students if they would like to help her and the man in the passenger seat of the truck look for their dog.
The girls ran, then called their middle school principal, who in turn contacted police.
"We certainly welcome the eyes and ears of our community in trying to locate these individuals," said Galloway.
The woman driving the truck was described as having brownish/blondish hair with purple streaks. The man was described as having some piercings and at least one tattoo.
Anyone with information concerning the incident is encouraged to call 911 or the Monticello Police Department at 217-762-7727.
The Monticello school district also put out an automated call to parents informing them of the possible abduction attempt.
It is the second such report in central Illinois in three days. Police in Paxton say a man tried to abduct a child in that Ford County town Sunday afternoon near Washington and Prospect streets. Anyone with information can call Ford County Crimestoppers at 217-784-4173 or Paxton police at 2127-379-4315.
Galloway said he does not think the Paxton and Monticello attempts were related, as descriptions of the people and vehicles involved were different.