Abduction attempts reported in Midway
Two men in a white pickup truck attempted to lure a 12-year-old Midway girl into their vehicle by offering her candy Oct. 29, the authorities say.
The child was able to get inside her house and lock the door, a press release from the Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office states.
Anyone with information about the abduction attempt should call the Sheriff’s Office in Heber at (435) 654-1411.
The incident occurred at about 5:40 p.m., the authorities say.
Abduction attempts reported recently in Wasatch County have deputies in nearby Summit County on high alert.
"We’ve had crimes that were committed here and something very similar has happened there," Josh Wall, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office explained. "If we did have an abduction with some suspect information, I’m sure we’d be shutting down the roads coming this way and watching for that vehicle. Luckily, it’s a very infrequent call for them and for us."
But the proximity of Park City to Midway is a concern.
"We haven’t had any in a while, but for anybody in Heber City committing a crime it’s only 15 minutes to Park City," Wall said about suspected child abductions in Summit County. "Fortunately, there aren’t a lot of them and the majority of abductions we do see are abductions by friends and family members."
Cases of children abducted by strangers are difficult to solve, Wall said.
"A lot of times there are no leads and it leaves us with nothing to go on," he said.
Meanwhile, an abduction scare in the Snyderville Basin Oct. 24 was a false alarm at Trailside Elementary School.
A Glenwild woman sent her gardener to pick up her child as her vehicle was repaired in Silver Creek at about 1 p.m., Wall said. He added that another student reported the case after seeing the child get inside the pickup truck.
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