Brookings police officers on Friday were still searching for two suspects in a possible attempt to abduct an 11-year-old girl walking down Easy Street near Fifth Street earlier this week.
There’s a remote chance the act may have been a Halloween prank done in poor taste, but authorities are not taking any chances, said Brookings Police Sgt. Terry Murray.
“At this point, it could be one or the other, but we’re treating it like a possible abduction until we know otherwise,” Murray said. “We’re taking it very seriously.”
If it was a prank, Murray encouraged the people involved to contact the police immediately “so we can put people’s worried minds at ease.”
At 3:50 p.m. Tuesday, the police received a report from the parent of the girl who said two adults wearing ski masks and driving in a dark blue, late 1990s model Ford Crown Victoria tried to abduct her as she walked alone on Easy Street, Murray said.
The girl reported that the male driver exited the car, opened the rear passenger door and ordered her to get in. The girl refused and fled on foot. She believed the adult passenger in the car was a woman because of long black hair showing below the ski mask, Murray said.
Multiple Brookings police officers responded immediately and searched the area without success. Police also notified other law enforcement agencies in the area about the incident, Murray said.
The police notified the Curry Coastal Pilot and other media about the incident Wednesday morning and police encouraged residents to contact authorities with any information that might help with the case.
The Pilot immediately published a story on its website, Facebook page and via its email news alert program.
On Friday, Brookings Police Lt. Donny Dotson said his department checked into several tips called in by citizens – mostly about vehicles matching the suspects’ car – but none have led to any substantial information or clues.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Brookings Police Department at 541-469-3110.
People wishing to remain anonymous can call Curry County Crime Stoppers at 888-974-0000.
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