Muskegon Co. teen escapes minivan abduction attempt

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LAKETON TOWNSHIP, Mich. — The Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a Saturday morning abduction attempt.

Sheriff Dean Roesler said that between 9:15 and 9:30 a.m. Saturday, a 16-year-old girl was walking home when she became lost on West River Road near Green Creek Road north of the city of Muskegon. The teenager said that a silver minivan stopped and the driver — a man in his 30s or 40s — offered to let her use his cell phone.

The teen said she got into the vehicle and the man drove off without giving her the cell phone.

The girl said she asked him to let her out but he locked the the doors and kept on driving. She said she believed the man reached for what appeared to her to be a handgun.

The teen said she then unlocked the door and jumped out of the moving minivan on Green Creek Road.

The girl was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

The driver was described as a white male in his 30s or 40s who was slightly overweight with brown hair, a beard and a neatly trimmed mustache.

Deputies said they are aware that the silver minivan is similar to the description of a vehicle they were looking for in the Jessica Heeringa abduction. They said they have not confirmed a connection to that case but are investigating.

Anyone with any information about this incident is being asked to contact the Muskegon County Sheriff’s Department at (231) 724-6658 or Silent Observer at (231) 722-7463.

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