BRUNSWICK HILLS, Ohio – An 11-year-old girl told police she was approached by a man in his 50s or 60s, driving a late 1990s or early 2000s Chrysler Town & Country minivan late on Labor Day afternoon.
The girl told newsnet5.com the driver asked to help him search for his lost puppy.
She said there was another person in the passenger seat, but she was unable to identify them.
The incident happened in Brunswick Hills’ West Chase Landings development on West Chase Drive.
The girl said she had been riding an electric dirt bike near the intersection of Stag Thicket Lane and West Chase Drive when she was approached.
She told the man, “no,” then ran between homes to avoid being chased by the minivan, she said.
The girl used her cell phone to call her older sister at home while she ran through neighborhood yards.
Her sister immediately called 911.
On Tuesday, a Brunswick Hills Police spokesperson said their department responded to the Labor Day 911 call, searched for descriptive leads from the victim regarding a “white male in his 50s with a beard and a black shirt” along with a gold minivan, possibly with an “out-of-state license plate.”
So far, police said leads for the gold minivan and its license plates had turned up as dead ends.
Police stressed that they are taking this incident seriously and have increased patrols in the area that is now considered on “the special attention list.”
Brunswick Hills Police issued a warning to local schools and a spokesperson said parents should be reminded to talk to their children about stranger abductions and how to respond.
Anyone with information regarding this incident should call the Brunswick Hills Police Department at (330) 273-3722.