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Wilder Police investigate reported abduction at sports complex

Town and Country is located at 1018 Town Drive near the Great Escape Movie theater. (towncountrysports.com) Town and Country is located at 1018 Town Drive near the Great Escape Movie theater. (towncountrysports.com)
WILDER, KY (FOX19) -

Wilder Police are looking to determine if an incident Sunday at Town and Country Sports Complex was an attempted abduction or a simple misunderstanding.

A woman allegedly grabbed a 9-year-old girl by the arm and attempted to pull the child through a side exit door. It happened on the indoor soccer field around 5:45 p.m. as the girl's mother stood nearby talking to her soccer coach.

“Investigators are looking at all possibilities including attempted abduction and mistaken identity. In either case we ask that parents talk to their children about these types of dangers,” said Lt. Mike Murdock.

The girl pulled away from the unknown woman and was not harmed.

Officials are reviewing surveillance video from the complex and ask the public help to help identify the woman. 

After interviewing the child, police described the woman as white, around 40-years-old with blonde hair that falls to the middle of her neck. She wore a long sleeve blue shirt with an oval pattern.

Police ask anyone with information to contact the Wilder department at 859-581-8863.

Town and Country President JT Roberts notified customers of the incident in an email, saying:

"We are sorry to report that there was an incident last night where someone attempted to abduct a young athlete near the exit door to the side parking lot (Theater Side). The police were called, and we are both investigating and trying to get to the bottom of the situation. The athlete is fine, nonetheless, this is a wake up call for all of us that regardless of where we are there are dangers that abound.

We highly recommend that parents meet your children at their designated field and/or court at the end of all practices and events. For those who drive themselves, please be sure that you are always aware of your surroundings.

As much as we hate to think that this could happen to our children please review your family's procedures of “what if” with your children. T&C, KHSC and NKYVC have safety procedures in place and we will continue to enhance. To assist going forward we also ask that parents arrive for pick up on time (before their practice or activity is finished).

As always, the safety of our athletes is our top priority. We are thankful that the incident turned out okay, but we can not relax - ever."

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