Two reported kidnapping attempts in New Haven, Missouri

9:39 PM, Apr 17, 2012   |    comments
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By Mike Rush

New Haven, MO (KSDK) - Two reported kidnapping attempts within a few hours of each other.

Now, authorities are trying to figure out if they're connected.

It's happing in the tiny Franklin County town of New Haven, Missouri.

The first incident happened Monday night at around 8 p.m.

Three 15-year-old girls were walking along McNair Street when they saw a truck that had driven by once had turned around and was following them.

The truck drove on by them and the girls knew there was trouble when the driver parked the truck across the road as if to block their path.

"My first thought was just to run," said one of the girls, who asked to remain anonymous.

And that's just what this girl and her friends did. They ran to a nearby house.

"At first, it didn't look like they were home, so I pretty much thought we were doomed, like we were in complete trouble," said the girl.

But someone did answer the door and the girls called their families.

They didn't report it to police until the next day after they heard what happened just outside of New Haven on Highway 100.

A few hours after the girls encounter, a 14-year-old boy riding a bike told deputies a man in a truck offered him a ride.

He accepted, but changed his mind. As he started to get out of the truck, the boy says the man tried to pull him back in.

He escaped, and all the teens involved are unharmed, although not all of them feel safe.

"I just get that feeling where I feel like if they start stalking us once then they're going to do it again, try to find us again," said the girl.

There are differences in the two cases. The girls said two guys were in a red jeep truck, with the word "JEEP" written in white on the tail gate. It also had two CB antennas mounted on the back.

The boy saw one man driving a maroon Ford truck.

Authorities say they don't know for sure if they're connected.



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