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Child Abduction Attempt Prompts Sheriff's Office to Seek Public's Help

Man tried to lure 9-year-old girl into a van in Palos Heights.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying and 
apprehending a man who attempted to abduct a 9-year-old girl in Palos Heights by luring her into a van with a ladder on the roof.

The incident occurred on Dec. 18 in the area of 129th Place and Moody Avenue. The sheriff's office issued a release Monday afternoon seeking assistance.

The offender is described as a white man in his late teens. At the time of the attempted abduction, he was clean shaven and wearing a black jacket or sweatshirt.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff’s Police Investigations Section at 708-865-4896. 

— Cook County Sheriff's Office

dawn.nowak January 06, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Why are we just hearing about this now? It is almost one month after it happened?
Gym shoe January 07, 2014 at 07:56 AM
Hey dummies at the patch. This happened on the 18 th of last month and its being told about now. This should of been breaking news.
Kevin Kuehn January 07, 2014 at 09:46 AM
I agree with the others ... as a father who lives in that area I'd like to know this information ASAP.
mom January 07, 2014 at 10:41 AM
Why so late with this most important news?
Ashlee January 07, 2014 at 11:12 AM
I am in agreement with so many others. WHY IS THIS POST SO DELAYED? An attempted child abduction should have gone out a breaking news immediately. We all know the chances of an apprehension this delayed is slim to none. Why put the fear in people, when there is nothing we can do because of this delayed response?
m crowhurst January 07, 2014 at 01:23 PM
misssed this ball luckily another kid wasnt abducted !!!
Ted Land January 07, 2014 at 03:33 PM
News outlets typically do not report attempted abductions until they get confirmation that police are actively investigating the incident. It appears that confirmation did not happen until this week. Newsrooms get a lot of calls from people reporting situations like this, but unless law enforcement confirms an investigation, it's not a story, because reporters don't want to raise unnecessary alarm in their community.
Dan Lambert (Editor) January 07, 2014 at 03:35 PM
We only received information about this from Cook County yesterday afternoon and posted it within 30 minutes of receiving it. We asked the Cook County Sheriff's Office why it took so long to make this information public. I'll have another post with their response.

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