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  1. colette

    colette Well-Known Member

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    Kids hearing screams noticed a man trying to pull a teen into a wooded area at gunpoint.

    The juveniles described the man as having white skin and brown hair, but they could not determine his age. He was reportedly wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt with writing on it that may have been an Aeropostale logo, and blue jeans.

    The juveniles described the female being a white teenager. She reportedly had straight, shoulder-length blonde hair and was wearing a pink zip-up sweater or sweatshirt.

    Officers received a tip Wednesday night that a male and a female — who were wearing clothing similar to what was originally reported — were spotted in a white Ford F-150 pickup truck in the area near the location of the possible abduction.

    http://woodtv.com/2014/04/03/juveniles-man-with-gun-took-teen-into-woods/
     
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    tiredblondy New Member

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    Oh wow hope we hear more soon!
     
  3. los2188

    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    Possible teen abduction under investigation in Cass County -

    ORIGINAL STORY: Police are on the lookout for a missing girl in Cass County this morning, and they say she could be in danger.

    The following release was issued by Steven Grinnewald, Dowagiac public safety director, this morning:

    http://www.wsbt.com/news/local/police-in-cass-county-search-for-missing-teen/25295884
    http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/04/possible_teen_abduction_under.html
    http://www.leaderpub.com/2014/04/02/dowagiac-police-investigating-potential-kidnapping/
     
  4. ginestra

    ginestra Active Member

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    This is not far from me. This is so strange. A lot of discussion/coverage on wsbt-tv ABC 57, WNDU ON FACEBOOK.
     
  5. ginestra

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    The thing is after, most police departments refuse a missing person's report til 48-72 hours passed. Unfortunate when time is so crucial.
     
  6. los2188

    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    DOWAGIAC, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Police in Cass County are looking for a possible missing girl after a group of kids claim they saw something suspicious -

    http://wwmt.com/shared/news/feature...ble-abduction-victim-19717.shtml#.Uz2k1ah90yE
     
  7. Salem

    Salem Former Member

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    I don't think that is true anymore. I think LE will take a missing person's report now when someone has reason to believe that a person is missing - regardless of timing.

    If I was a parent in the area and had a daughter with blonde hair, I would be making sure she was where she was supposed to be :(

    This could also be a hoax, so we just need to watch and see what happens.

    Salem
     
  8. DocBrew

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    This could be related to the Jessica Heeringa case. Has some similarities (and reasonably close in proximity).
     
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    los2188 North Carolina Tar Heels..your NCCA Champs!!

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    Many possibilities:

    a) A kidnap right there at that time.
    b) A kidnap/human trafficing victim days, months or even years ago moving thru the area. An escape attempt?
    c) One of those numerous teen girl/elderly male hookups gone bad?
    d) Misunderstanding. A young couple fighting or having a very heated argument.
     
  11. colette

    colette Well-Known Member

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    TravelingBug Verified Insider

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    Definitely the case here in San Diego (not having the waiting period)

    I listen to the scanner a lot, and people of all ages they'll get officers out there based on the call alone.

    And with kids, elderly, at risk, they deploy substantial resources VERY quickly (once they get enough specifics and have just checked like the house or whatever quickly)

    And even just with 'regular folks' they do it very quickly (but I mean, often 15-20 minutes after the first call w/ the more 'at risk') and typically not much longer for a 'regular' (believed less at risk) person.

    Last night we had a 61 year old woman reported missing shortly before 6 pm, the helicopter was there within the half hour, as were folks on the ground. They had choppers up, SAR team, etc.

    Unfortunately her body was found w/ a suicide note 6 hours later. But again, this was a healthy, not believed to be at all at risk (other than not going to work being uncharacteristic of her) adult woman and really a full scale response in under an hour. That's...impressive, IMO.

    With that said, I suspect that the waiting period may be true in some places, but I think it's largely now become more of an urban myth in many places, unfortunately.

    I've heard people - even after many instances like last night - say they just thought they had to wait and so didn't even call until it had been at least a day. (And, frankly, the worst they can do is say no, you have to wait, or whatever...or that's my opinion)
     
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    But the other thing I'd say is that I think, even if it's an area that might have that 'waiting period,' is that it largely comes down to how it's presented.

    If someone goes in/calls/whatever and is real blase, saying they're not sure if they left by choice, blah blah, whatever, and doesn't seem like they are as concerned, or give a ton of possible reasons it might be voluntary or...(you probably get my picture?) that THEN there may be more of a delayed or less than whole-hearted response on the part of LE, but that it's almost more of an 'in kind' response.

    (If any of that makes sense? :blushing: I know what I'm trying to say but I'm afraid I'm not articulating it well.)

    From the hours I've listened this past year - I mean, thousands of hours - I have been incredibly impressed at the insight I've gained into how our LE (at least here in the SD County area) responds in nearly all instances!
     
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    We've had a couple of these this past year...

    I remember one involved a possible child and a bike (and I think a pick up? or van?)...

    Actually, the other may have been similar - but two sedans (one the 'witness' and one the 'suspect')

    I don't think we ever had resolution in either, did we? Anyone remember? Or know how on earth we'd find those threads? I don't even remember area to see if any were close to this possible incident?
     
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    Hearing any more talk? Or from others in the area?
     
  16. ginestra

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    They think it was hoax, search called off last night.
     
  17. colette

    colette Well-Known Member

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    I have seen that they are done searching since nothing was found but I have not seen anything in MSM that says it was a hoax. Do you have a link? Thanks in advance.

    I tend to believe the kids saw what they saw since another totally independent person saw the same man and girl. Possibly the man saw the kids and took his victim elsewhere. Many killers walk their victims into the woods.

    As far as missing blonde girls in lower Michigan, Jessica Heeringa has yet to be found. She is a very young looking woman IMO, could be mistaken for a teen.
     
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    That's the first thing I thought of, maybe this person just goes up and down that side of the state looking for women.
     
  19. ginestra

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    I really worded my last post poorly. From online comments I read some speculated it COULD of been a hoax. Who knows, I wish they would of found some sort of clue.
     
  20. bettiepageturner

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    bbm

    I'm not sure I know what you mean. Escorts?
     

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