Summit County Officials Investigating Attempted Child Abduction

Aug 17, 2020, 4:25 PM
(FILE photo KSL TV)
(FILE photo KSL TV)

SNYDERVILLE, Utah – Officials with the Summit County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an attempted child abduction in the Trailside area of the county.

Deputies said they received reports of a missing 13-year-old girl Friday around 8:45 p.m. The girl’s parents said she missed a 6:50 p.m. Park City Transit bus at a stop in the Trailside area, and they had not been able to locate her.

Police said the girl was approached by a man, who reportedly forced her to walk on a dirt trail, remove some clothing and give up her phone.

“The suspect alleged he had a gun, but no gun was presented,” officials said. “During the incident, the young girl said the male kicked dirt and rocks at her, then quickly left the area on foot. The child ran to a friend’s house in the area.”

Deputies began searching throughout the Snyderville Basin before the girl’s mother called a deputy at 9:24 p.m. and reported her daughter had been found at a friend’s home near Trailside.

Police said this appears to be an isolated incident and they do not believe there is a threat to the public.

The suspect was described as a white male in his 30s. He was wearing a gray hoodie with a zipper, black hat, dark pants and a face covering at the time of the incident.

“Currently, there is no identified suspect,” deputies said. “If anyone happened to be in the Trailside area on Friday, Aug. 14, between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., we are asking them to call investigators with any information they may have regarding activity in the area (at) 435-615-3601.”

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