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St. Petersburg police need help in possible disappearance

ST. PETERSBURG — A 12-year-old boy told police that Tuesday evening he saw an older man pull up to the Lincoln Shores Apartment complex, get out of his car, pull a teen girl yelling "help" into the vehicle, then drive off with the girl and disappear onto Fourth Street N.

Police say they've exhausted all leads and still don't know whether a crime was committed. Now they want the public to help by providing any information they might have about this suspicious incident.

The incident took place at the apartment complex at 116th Avenue N and Fourth Street N about 8:40 p.m., according to police.

The 12-year-old was waiting for his grandparents outside, police say, when he said he saw a gold two-door coupe drive by on Fourth Street N. Then the car made a U-turn, police say, drove into the complex's median-divided entrance and parked in the exit lane.

The driver got out and approached a young woman walking out of an apartment building. He grabbed her and forced her into the passenger side, police say. The woman struggled with the man while yelling "help" the entire time.

Then the man jumped back into the driver's seat and sped off.

The 12-year-old ran back to his apartment and told his mother what happened, and she called police. Two residents corroborated parts of his story.

But when officers searched the area, they couldn't find the car. Detectives searched through runaway reports, missing persons reports and reports of domestic incidents, but found nothing.

Police need the public's help, the agency said, because officers don't even know whether a crime has been committed. They released sketches and descriptions of the young woman and older driver today.

The teenager is described as a white female age 16 to 18, about 5 feet 1 to 5 feet 3 with a thin build, and long, straight hair to her shoulders. She was wearing a yellow spaghetti-strap shirt and a dark skirt.

The driver is described as 30 to 40 years old, about 5 feet 6 and 200 pounds, with a muscular build and hairy arms, close-cropped hair, a mustache and beard. He was wearing a white T-shirt with a blue design on it and blue jeans. He has a tattoo that runs along one of his arm to his wrist.

The vehicle was a gold, two-door coupe with dark, purple-tinted windows, silver rims, a loud engine and a stripe of tint going across the top of the windshield.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at (727) 893-7780 or to use the text tip line at (727) 420-8911.

taff Writer

St. Petersburg police need help in possible disappearance 06/04/09 [Last modified: Thursday, June 4, 2009 3:45pm]
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