Independence police seek suspect in reported abduction of 12-year-old girl

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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Police in Independence are investigating a reported abduction of a 12-year-old girl that happened on Tuesday afternoon. Investigators say officers got in touch with her parents in the 2100 block of S. Hawthorne Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. when she didn’t come home from school immediately.

Following a search, the girl was found and she told officers she had been abducted at about 3:30 p.m. near 23rd Street and Hawthorne by a tall, thin white man with short black hair who was driving white four-door vehicle. She said the man drove her to Blue Ridge Boulevard and Hardy where she was pushed out of the vehicle.

She said afterwards someone gave her a phone so she could call her parents.

Police say they’re seeking more information about the suspect and the vehicle he was driving. If you saw anything suspicious in the areas described at those times, call Independence Tips at (816) 325-7777 or the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.

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