News From Terre Haute, Indiana


December 23, 2013

Police investigate alleged abduction, injuries to girl, 15

Official: Victim reports vehicle was cargo van, man appeared to be delivering a package

TERRE HAUTE — Police are asking the public to help them find a pair of suspects wanted in connection with an abduction of a teen girl Sunday in southern Vigo County.

The Vigo County Sheriff’s Department, in a news release issued before dawn Monday, stated a 15-year-old female reported being forced into a cargo van outside her residence near Harlan Road, east of Hoosier Prairie Elementary School.

The teen told police she heard a knock at the door of her home about 5:30 p.m. Sunday and opened the door because the man outside was holding a box and appeared to be a delivery person. She stepped outside and the man attempted to grab her, she said. She then ran back inside and the man pursued her, she told police. She then ran outside and was confronted by another man with a knife and was then forced inside a van.

The teen, who was later released, had minor injuries consistent with being taken by force, police said. She was later treated and released from Terre Haute Regional Hospital.

The suspect vehicle is described as a cargo-style mini van with faded burgundy paint. The outside was described as dull with no shine. The van also reportedly included white lettering on the side, including a letter “K” that was larger than the other letters.

The floor of the van had a plywood covering, she told police.

Several leads were telephoned in to police Monday, said Clark Cottom, chief deputy with the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department. However, as of mid-afternoon, the vehicle had not been found, nor had the suspects.

The suspects are described as white males. One is 5 feet 8 inches tall in his mid 20s or early 30s with a brown goatee. He was wearing black cargo pants, a blue belt, black polo shirt and a black Nike hat with a blue swoosh symbol and dark Oakley-style glasses and black gloves.

The second suspect is described as a white male, 5 feet 8 to 5 feet 10, mid 20s or early 30s, with medium-length curly brown hair and dark clothing.

Detectives were reviewing surveillance footage from Hoosier Prairie Elementary School and from nearby businesses, Cottom said.

Anyone with information that could help in this case is urged to contact the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department at 812-462-3226 or anonymously at 812-238-STOP.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Latest News Poll
AP Video
Last Mass Lynching in U.S. Remains Unsolved Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Bodies of Malaysia Jet Victims Leave Ukraine Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball Disabled Veterans Memorial Nearing Completion Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel Raw: MH17 Bodies Arrive in Netherlands Robot Parking Valet Creates Stress-free Travel 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Plane Crashes in Taiwan, Dozens Feared Dead Clinton: "AIDS-Free Generation Within Our Reach" Raw: Plane Lands on New York Highway Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Fighting Rages Amid Mideast Truce Push Raw: Mourners Gather As MH17 Bodies Transported Raw: Secretary of State Kerry in Israel Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law
NDN Video
LeBron James -- Dropped $2k On Cupcake Apology ... Proceeds To Benefit Charity Snoop Dogg Says He Smoked Weed at the White House Raw: Fight Breaks Out in Ukraine Parliament Chris Pratt Interrupts Interview To French Braid Intern's Hair Shirtless Super Mario Balotelli Dances While Ironing - @TheBuzzeronFOX Whoa! Watch "Housewives" Star Do the Unthinkable LeBron apologizes to neighbors with cupcakes Justin Bieber In Calvin Klein Underwear Shoot Samsung Pre-Trolls The IPhone 6 With New Ad Jimmy Kimmel Introduces His Baby Girl Swim Daily, Nina Agdal in the Cook Islands Guilty Dog Apologizes to Baby for Stealing Her Toy Prince George Turns 1 and is Already a Trendsetter Train Collides With Semi Truck Carrying Lighter Fluid Kanye West Tells-All on Wedding in "GQ" Interview Tony Dungy Weighs in on Michael Sam Scarlett Johansson Set To Marry In August New Star Wars Episode XII X-Wing Revealed Obama: Putin must push separatists to aid MH17 probe Michigan inmates no longer allowed to wear orange due to 'OITNB'

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.
  • -


    March 12, 2010

Real Estate News