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Abduction attempted in Beverly

February 14, 2013

From local reports An 11-year-old girl escaped from a potential abductor in Beverly late Thursday afternoon. The girl is unharmed, according to Beverly Police Det. Ted Offenberger....

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JoshBrown

Feb-15-13 9:11 AM

How do I say this in a nice way , I think the girl needed some attention and is getting it. Abductions is really really rare 99% of them are by family members during custody battles.

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StreetProse

Feb-15-13 10:07 AM

How did you jump to that conclusion? Are you dealing with some inside information or just making wild claims on here because you are bored?

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fedup2011

Feb-15-13 10:14 AM

I dont' know this child or why she would make up a story like this. This is a very serious matter and I think we live in an area where we think it "can't" happen to us here. But it can and it does. I hope they find this person before he tries again. This is very scary...

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RodneyF

Feb-15-13 10:34 AM

It sounds like she described someone that was hunting. Long gun, orange hat, camo shirt and pants. That doesn't sound like your prototypical kidnapper.

I would rather find out that she made this up than there actually be someone out there on the loose trying to abduct children.

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JoshBrown

Feb-15-13 11:09 AM

@StreetProse

You can look up the facts either at the FBI webpage or the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

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jet1697

Feb-15-13 11:28 AM

as a beverly citizen with children, i don't believe the child is adequately treated in this blog...don't question the child about her credibility. people tend to at times to carry weapons and hunting gear, but not down there that i know of. that area is for fishing and the child clearly got scared despite whatever this man's intentions were. get a clue....something happened that shouldn't have and we are an area that a kidnapping could happen. we did have breakins that happened. we are a town that has had problems in the past and will continue to in the future despite the effort that is made by the police.

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jeepman121

Feb-15-13 12:19 PM

We have rapist, molesters, and murderers here in the MOV just like any other place in the USA. Why are we doubting an abduction attempt?

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armybrat

Feb-15-13 1:14 PM

The comments on both sides of this issue make sense. I hope this is settled soon.

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JoshBrown

Feb-15-13 1:25 PM

@jeepman121 You are right about all of that but I'm talking about the abductions rates and information for the whole USA not just this area.I'm not saying the girl is lying but if I was going to make a bet I would place it on the odds that she made it up for some reason.

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peanut5789

Feb-15-13 1:56 PM

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peanut5789

Feb-15-13 1:58 PM

@JoshBrown I agree

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jeepman121

Feb-15-13 4:27 PM

@ JoshBrown maybe this was more than an "abduction" attempt but maybe an assault or some other awful offense. "abduction" is taking a child. What I'm saying, is this guy probably had other intentions....

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-15-13 8:32 PM

Something smells fishy to me, too.

A 30something guy out hunting in February is probably going to be in pretty good shape. As well, if he's 5'11" and assuming the girl is of average height for an 11 year old girl, he's going to be able to chase her down easily.

But, the story says she basically outran him.

The biggest tell in this story, though, is that he had a beard but no mustache. How many 5'11'", 180 pound, 30something, bearded but not mustached men are there in the Beverly area?

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localcolor

Feb-15-13 11:49 PM

If the child is who I think it is, she has never seemed to be the type of kid who is needy for attention. She's always seemed to be a good, well-adjusted child with a sunny smile. Also,some are assuming the guy is from Beverly. If I were planning an abduction, I'm sure I wouldn't attempt it in the same place I live! Because this article is so vague, it is easy to imagine other possibilities. But I believe it's premature to speak negatively about the child, especially when you don't know more.The fact that abductions are rare does not mean they never happen. It means only they don't happen often.

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-16-13 2:29 AM

I'll agree that the person may not have been from Beverly, but it seems unlikely that a man with a long rifle or shotgun on the riverbanks behind Fort Frye High School well within the village limits would go completely undetected while an 11 year old girl screams for her life. Fort Frye is fairly well within city limits and any place he could have parked after chasing down an 11 year old would be easily visible by any person seeing what the commotion was about. By the time he could reach his vehicle, stash the weapon, and exit the scene, someone would have noticed.

And yet, nobody did. I'm not saying that the child is lying; nowhere did I say so. I just smell something fishy. The story does not add up.

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-16-13 2:32 AM

As an addendum, I happen to know several of the Beverly PD and I am confident that if this was a true story they'll do everything in their power to bring this person to justice. The Beverly PD that I know are exemplary officers that make the absolute most with the admittedly limited resources they have.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office I would not put much faith in to do any good with this case, but considering that the alleged attempted abduction happened within the limits of BPD's jurisdiction I am confident that the bungling nature of the WCSO won't limit the investigation much.

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stickhauler

Feb-16-13 3:44 AM

Well reasonablevoice, how exactly do you like your Crow cooked? Because there is a witness, according to the story in Saturday's edition of the paper.

You, and JoshBrown owe this young lady an apology at the very least. Josh, you especially. You're making the way Oneill treats people seem kind in comparison.

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localcolor

Feb-16-13 10:15 AM

If you go to the local TV news website (I'm not sure if I am permitted to put the link here), it says there that she was not alone--she had a friend with her. A witness,in other words.There are other details that aren't included in this account.

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-16-13 1:02 PM

The problem is, a personal friend of the child doesn't pass the test of bias within a logical structure to corroborate the story. It's easy to believe that they came up with it together. Without an independent witness and given the strange nature of the situation and descriptions, the personal friend witness doesn't hold much weight.

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JoshBrown

Feb-16-13 1:15 PM

OK I'm willing to eat crow if I'm wrong about this situation and the girl having a great imagination. If the other girl says that she saw the man and him chasing the other girl then I like my crow deep fried with hot sauce.

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-16-13 10:11 PM

Hot sauce does have a tendency to make anything better, including crow.

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stickhauler

Feb-17-13 1:28 AM

So, unless they have video evidence, it didn't happen? Oh, I know, IF they had that, you'd claim it was edited to show what they wanted it to.

In another story, people are taking her parents to task, for her being out "so late."

Ya'all are making me regret bragging about the Mid-Ohio Valley and the good people who live there. Because I find your comments deplorable!

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-17-13 2:44 AM

I'm confused, Stickhauler. Perhaps my parenting skills are outdated and wrong now.

Is it considered to be a good thing for your preteen child to be out after dark unsupervised that resulted in a possible abduction attempt?

Man, I've been doing it wrong.

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stickhauler

Feb-18-13 12:48 AM

So, 5:15 to 5:30 PM is after dark in your opinion? Reports I've seen said they were waiting for cheerleader practice.

I could care less about your parenting skills, or lack of them. I objected to your implying this girl (and her friend) were liars.

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ReasonableVoice

Feb-18-13 2:08 AM

Dodge of the question noted, but just so you can't lawyer up and avoid answering on a technicality I'll modify my question.

Is it considered to be a good thing for your preteen child to be out when dark is nearing unsupervised that resulted in a possible abduction attempt?

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