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L.A. Police Search for Possible Abduction Victim

Site of possible abduction, clothes found at the scene.

Site of possible abduction, clothes found at the scene.

Police in El Sereno, California, began searching for a petite, light-complected Latina reported abducted on November 12, 2012, after witnesses called in an altercation around 8 p.m. between the woman, 13 to 16, and a man, 16 to 18, who were arguing. According to police Lt. Andy Neiman, witnesses, who police believe are reliable, recounted how, “That argument escalated to the point where the male struck the female at least once in the face and then began to drag her up into the brush area by the hair.” Witnesses who followed the pair saw the man ripping off the woman’s clothing, but soon lost sight of them and called police, who do not yet know if the pair were strangers or not. About 100 police started searching a rugged, steep, 350-acre area on foot, on horseback and with the aid of dogs. Searchers found pair of Puma sneakers, gray leggings, a top, a purple scarf matching witnesses’ description of the victim, but no girl. The search was called off late Monday and began again the next day. No missing person reports match the woman’s description, and police are reaching out to the community for any leads in this case. Anyone with any information is urged to call the LAPD.

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