Abbotsford Police are looking for a man allegedly seen picking up a young girl from roadside and carrying her into a wooded area. The police was alerted by a driver who witnessed the incident near Enterprise Avenue and McCallum Road at around 6:20 p.m. on Tuesday night. According to the driver, the main concern is that the girl, seemingly between 6 to 10 years old, didn’t look like she was moving.
Abbotsford police Const., Ian MacDonald, explained on Wednesday morning that the witnesses had reported seeing the girl and the man together before the incident but, according to witness reports, she didn’t appear distressed and the man didn’t appear agitated. MacDonald stated that “they’re likely associated to each other,” adding that “it could be a parent or guardian to child relationship.” Abbotsford Police accompanied a search and rescue crew that combed the area “extensively” on Tuesday night but failed to find any sign of the man or the girl.
According to MacDonald, “we still want to verify the well-being of this young girl” because “we have people that saw them together prior to the driver going by and witnessing and calling police, but we don’t have any reported sightings after that.” MacDonald urged that the man should come forward with the “other side” of the story. He explained that “based on what we have right now, it’s not looking like a worst-case scenario, but we can’t rule it out until we can actually make contact with the adult male and specifically with this young girl.”
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