Possible abduction attempt reported near Monticello school

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.

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amf wrote on August 22, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Are there any details left out of this story?  I'm wondering how it's a "possible abduction attempt" when the woman just asked for help finding a dog.  Were the children asked to get in the truck?  The Paxton incident was clearly an attempt to lure a child.  This one, based on the facts reported here, doesn't seem so clear.  It'd be a shame to portray the people as child abductors if they were just a couple who were visiting Allerton on a beautiful day, lost their dog, and were just trying to find it. 

Jillberta wrote on August 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm
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Really??  In this day and age, you would stop and ask 12 year olds to help you look for your dog.  It might be a different story if you stopped and asked it they have seen a dog running around. 

alumni90 wrote on August 22, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I agree. 

amf wrote on August 22, 2012 at 6:08 pm

Obviously it depends on the context, which is why I wondered if there were additional details.  The article doesn't say exactly what the people said, or *most importantly* if they tried to get the kids in the car.  Asking for help doesn't equate to abduction, which is why I thought there must be details missing.  And even "in this day and age", I would hate to see talking to kids you don't know considered a crime.

redneckme wrote on August 22, 2012 at 9:08 pm

I don't want to start anything, sure it will, but Allerrton and a lost dog? If you know the area, or bothered to look it up. I really doubt that is the case. As an adult, I would have a problem if someone used that excuse in that area on me... besides these weren't little grade school kids if they had a reason to question the person and call their prinicipal I would think there was a reason they didn't feel safe. I am proud of the girls, even if it was nothing they did the right thing, funny though they never found the " woman and man that were so worried about the lost little puppy." Shouldn't they have still been looking when the officer showed up?