Abducted girl found safe 12 hours later

By DUSTIN BLEIZEFFER
Star-Tribune writer

GILLETTE — Investigators are still searching for clues in an apparent
kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl who was found about 12 hours later on a
rural road in Campbell County.

The girl was allegedly taken while just outside her family’s apartment in
Wright sometime between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, said
Campbell County Sheriff Lt. Eric Seeman. No one witnessed the abduction.

The girl’s mother reported her missing sometime around 9 p.m. and she was
found at about 5:30 a.m. the next morning next to a rural road about 20
miles north of Wright. Coal miner Timothy Allison spotted the girl while
on his way to work, and had heard information about the search on the
radio.

“She was cold and scared. But she’d been released substantially
unharmed,” said Seeman.

Investigators were given a description of a male Caucasian, about 30
years old, six feet tall, 175 to 200 pounds with light-colored hair.

The girl was able to give deputies only a vague description of the
vehicle the man was driving. Seeman said the “vehicle of interest” is a
maroon or purple or blue SUV, or a pickup with a topper.

“We’re following up leads. We’re not searching for anybody by specific
name,” Seeman said Friday morning. “Other than what we released
yesterday, we just don’t have anything else at this point in time.”

Seeman said the girl’s family had moved into the area just weeks ago.

Sheriff’s deputies and Campbell County emergency management officials had
launched a massive search effort by sending out an automated phone
message to some 350 phones in Wright shortly after 2 a.m. About 230 of
the calls made contact, according to officials.

Anyone with information related to the alleged abduction can reach the
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office at (307) 687-6160.

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