Bountiful police seek public’s help after 2 teen girls escape from alleged kidnappers

Posted at 5:03 PM, Sep 12, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-12 23:33:00-04

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – Police are asking for the public’s help after two teen girls were abducted in the Bountiful area but managed to escape in Santaquin earlier this week.

According to a press release from the Bountiful Police Department, two juvenile females, ages 16 and 17, flagged down a vehicle on Main Street Tuesday and told the individual who stopped they had been abducted but had managed to escape.

The girls borrowed a phone and called 911, and when police responded they found the teens with minor injuries that did not require medical treatment. The release states investigators determined the girls were abducted in Bountiful around 2 a.m. Tuesday and held in a vehicle against their will.

The teens told police two male suspects forcefully abducted them and restrained them in the back of a red SUV, which they said was being driven by a female suspect. The girls were in the vehicle for 19 hours, but when the vehicle stopped in Santaquin, “One of the girls defeated her restraints then aided the second victim in escaping the SUV. The girls ran on foot passing several motorists who did not stop when the girls tried to flag them down.”

Bountiful police are asking anyone with information about the incident or the suspects, described below, to contact them. Tipsters should call Bountiful police at 801-298-6000.

"They did say there were several motorists that did not realize they were in distress and did not stop to help them when they tried to wave them down," said Lt. Dave Edwards of the Bountiful Police Department. "Those are the people we're interested in contacting that could help us find the route the girls took and try to lead us to where that vehicle was stopped in Santaquin."

The first suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 20 and 25 who has light brown hair, a slender build and a tattoo on his left arm. The man was described as being of medium height.

The second suspect is described as a white male between the ages of 30 and 35 who has dark brown hair, a medium build and is described as being tall.

The third suspect, who was reported to be driving, is described as a white female between the ages of 25 and 35. The woman had blonde hair, was heavy set and is described as being of medium height.

The vehicle is described as a red SUV or crossover of an unknown make and model.

FOX 13 News will have more information as it becomes available.