Possible abduction near Newark could be false alarm

Police launched an Amber Alert Tuesday night after a girl was seen pulled into an SUV, but there’s been no reports of missing children in the area.

The Amber Alert was issued Tuesday just after 8 p.m. after witnesses called police to say they saw a young girl, between 10-12 years old, being pulled into a white SUV by a man who looked about 30 years old.  The SUV was last seen turning right onto Old Newark Road.  Police say they don’t have any other description of the victim or the suspect.

The witnesses say they saw the girl taken into the car near the intersection of Albion Drive and Elliot Street in the community of Whispering Pines near Newark.  New Castle County Police detectives and officers started an immediate canvass of the area, but found no other evidence to further substantiate the abduction.  Delaware State Police assisted the search from the air, but to no avail.

False alarm?

But the Amber Alert could just be a false alarm.  Wednesday morning, police still had no more information to release about the identity of the girl or her appearance.  There have still been no reports of a missing child. They say they have not ruled out the possibility that one of the girl’s parents could have pulled her into the vehicle. 

Whatever the case, the Amber Alert remains active.  Police urge anyone who may have information about the incident to call county police at 302-395-8110.

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