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Police 'Actively Investigating' Attempted Abduction on Monday Afternoon

Hamilton Police said Monday that that they were "actively investigating" an attempted abduction on Monday afternoon.

said Monday night that they were “actively investigating” an attempted abduction that occurred earlier in the day.

The information about the incident was distributed to residents at about 10 p.m. via a .

The incident occurred at about 4:45 p.m. when a white van that possibly had blue markings pulled to the side of the road and the driver motioned to the victim to come to the side of the van, according to the Connect-CTY message read by Chief Dispatcher Anne Marie Cullen.

A complete copy of the Connect-CTY message is attached to this story as a PDF.

The victim then ran away into a wooded area along the side of the road and returned home, telling a neighbor what happened. The neighbor, in turn, called police.

No further details were released about the description of the driver of the van.

According to the message, Hamilton Police Chief Russell Stevens is asking residents to “remain vigilant” and report any suspicious activity to the police at 978-468-1212.

Police did not specify the victim’s age or sex in the Connect-CTY. It was also not stated which street the incident occurred on or the area of town where it occurred.

No further details were available from the Hamilton Police Department on Monday night. 

liz hunt May 08, 2012 at 11:38 AM
My understanding was that is was at the Corner of Sharon Rd and Asbury st. and that it was a yound middle school girl. That's some scary stuff. Wasn't there a similar issue with a white van a couple years ago?
Concerned Mom May 08, 2012 at 11:52 AM
I wonder what that thought was to send out a Connect-CTY phone call at 10 pm vs closer to when the incident happened at 4:45 pm? You'd think they'd scramble to get the word out while it was still new! Does it take over 5 hours to get it done! Something to revisit asap.
Christine Bingham May 08, 2012 at 06:11 PM
There was a similiar incident involving a white van near the Briscoe Middle School in Beverly at the start of the school year. In that incident I believe the man also had a dog
Michelle Bailey May 09, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Yes, there was an incident with a white van near the Buker School in Wenham last year.

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