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Investigation continues into possible child abduction
Knox County police say they continue to investigate an alleged attempted abduction in a county park on Easter Sunday.
Sheriff Doug Vantlin said his deputies continue to conduct interviews in the case and review videotape from Ouabache Trails Park where the alleged incident took place.
So far, they have no real answers to offer the public.
“We're still actively investigating this from all angles,” Vantlin said.
Officers on Sunday said they responded to the park at 3500 N. Lower Fort Knox Road about 3:20 p.m. after an 11-year-old child said she was playing on some equipment in the parks' upper loop when she was approached by a white male wearing all black clothes and a black mask. The child was able to free herself from his grasp, she told police, and run for help.
She and her mother then notified park staff and police.
And despite social media chatter to the contrary, Vantlin said police aren't in search of a particular vehicle.
The young girl, Vantlin said, claims to have last seen the man in question running away from her, not getting into a vehicle and leaving.
“She did not see him get into a car, so there is no car in question,” he said.
On Tuesday, a Facebook post began circulating about a possible second abduction attempt, this time near Major Bowman Terrace, a property of the Vincennes Housing Authority on the city's north side.
Officials with the Civitan Children's Center, 1602 N. 11th St., posted an announcement to the social media site saying they had been contacted and were increasing security.
But Linda Fredrick, executive director of the Vincennes Housing Authority, said she hadn't been informed of any alleged abduction at one of the housing authority's sites, and city assistant police chief Terry Johnson said officers hadn't worked an attempted abduction anywhere in the city on Tuesday.
Greg Parsley, superintendent of the Vincennes Community School Corp., said administrators at Tecumseh-Harrison Elementary School had been alerted of an “incident” in that area, but it “did not pertain to the school directly” and “did not force us to do anything differently than our regular day-to-day operations.”
Knox County Arrests
• Heather Rochelle Kail, 39, of Bicknell, bong revocation
• Aaron Charles Gardner, 31, of Jasonville, failure to appear