BRISTOL — An attempted child abduction reported to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office is prompting residents of the neighborhood and police alike to ask people to stay alert.
A Facebook post from the Pheasant Ridge Neighborhood Association of Bristol reported that a 12-year-old girl was coming home from a friend’s house Tuesday morning when a man drove up asking the girl if she had seen his dog.
The girl reported to her parents that she told him she had not seen the dog, and kept walking, police said. The man then drove to the next cul-de-sac, turned around and came back to ask her several more times. He asked her if she would get into his car to help in the search, which she refused, and he drove off.
The incident took place at Monterey Drive south of Knobcone Court, Bristol. The incident was reported by William Fackelman.
“We have had this very conversation with her since she was little and it happened — and she did great,” the girl’s mother, Melissa Fackelman, stated in her original Facebook post, which was later shared to theneighborhood association’s page.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 20s to early 30s with a short, close-shaven red beard, driving a white Chevrolet sedan. The girl took photos of the vehicle using her iPad, her parents said. The girl also stated that the car had no back seats.
Through the post, family is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about the risks of talking to strangers.
“This evening could of had a different ending,” Fackelman said.
The incident remained under investigation Monday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Elkhart County Sheriff's Office at 574-891-2300.