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Summit County Sheriff's Office investigating after teen girl briefly abducted

Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 17, 2020

PARK CITY, Utah — Police are conducting an investigation after a 13-year-old girl was abducted for a short time from a bus stop in Park City.

According to the Summit County Sheriff's Office, the girl's parents called them for help after she missed her bus pick-up and didn't return home Friday night.

She was later found at a friend's house, where she said she ran to after the frightening ordeal.

The sheriff's office said the girl was at a bus stop in the Trailside area of Park City when she was approached by a man. He reportedly forced her to walk on a dirt trail, remove some clothing and surrender her phone.

"The suspect alleged he had a gun, but no gun was presented," the sheriff's office wrote in a press release.

The girl told police the man kicked dirt and rocks at her before quickly leaving the area on foot. She then ran to her friend's house nearby.

Authorities describe the man as white, in his 30s, and wearing a gray zippered hoodie, dark pants, a black hat and a face covering. He has not been identified.

Investigators ask for anyone who was in the Trailside area Friday between 6:30-8:30 p.m. to contact them at 435-615-3601.

The sheriff's office also included some advice for parents:

"When children are approached by people they do not know, they should lead with their voice – scream and yell to get attention."

They also advise that children travel with a friend or a trusted adult at all times.