A teenage girl is safe after being abducted and driven around for several terrifying hours.
Gracie Crowe, 13, went out skating near her grandparents’ home, not far from Ridgehurst Drive and Cutler Ridge.
An unidentified man pulled up in a van and grabbed Crowe around 2:30 p.m. Monday, police said.
Neighbors went door-to-door, handing out fliers, desperately trying to find the girl.
Juliette Willcoxon, who lives next door, said she thought the worst when she heard the girl was missing.
“It was really frightening,” Willcoxon said. “I was afraid the same thing could’ve happened to me or my brother.”
Willcoxon was so worried that she and her family printed the fliers after Gracie’s grandfather found her skates and no other trace of her.
“I just couldn’t imagine if anything like that happened to my family, my friends. I’d be so worried for them,” Willcoxon said.
Raine Willcoxon, Juliette’s younger brother, was the first person to spot Gracie’s skates.
“It’s just kind of scary knowing that in a safe neighborhood something like this can happen,” he said.
The man held the girl captive as he drove around for hours, police said.
Investigators found her running, frantic, about four miles from her grandparents’ home.
The girl suffered some bruises, but police did not have any information on whether she was badly hurt.
Investigators are searching for the man who abducted the girl.
They did not have a description of the man.
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