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Possible abduction attempts reported

September 7, 2012
Estherville Daily News

LAKE PARK - Several northwestern Iowa agencies have begun investigations into what may be attempted abductions of females by an unknown assailant or assailants.

Incidents have occurred in the past few days in Lake Park as well as in Lyon County and Woodbury Counties where reports of a man in a white van attempted to get females into a van with him.

Lake Park Chief of Police Joe Hoover has issued a press release stating that Lake Park Police were dispatched to reports of a man who was following a girl on Sept. 3, and another similar incident in which a 35-year-old woman was approached by a male driving a white van on Sept. 4.

The female described the white male as 60-66 years old with a beard and large framed prescription eyeglasses.

She also noted that the van appeared to be a 1990s-or-newer white van with two rear door windows blacked out with Dickinson County plates.

Authorities have issued press releases to local media outlets and notified area schools.

On Sept. 5, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office reported the attempted abudction of a 61-year-old female.

In this incident, the suspect was described as a thie male, ages 60-65 with grayish-brown long hair and a beard.

The suspect was driving a smaller, older-styl car that was dark in color with a white top.



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