Shawnee police continued to follow leads Friday in the case of a local high school student who escaped an abduction attempt when walking to school Thursday morning.
The 14-year-old girl fought her way free from three abductors who forced her into a van. She began kicking, scratching and biting at the suspects until she could escape.
Shawnee police are now searching for three suspects in the case and an older model black van.
Detective Ronnie Wilson said Friday police recovered the teen’s backpack after it was found in the 600 block of West Ford.
Wilson said they believe the abduction occurred in that block instead of the 500 block of West Ford as initially reported.
The teen was walking in the area Thursday morning when a van pulled up to her from behind.
“Two guys got out — one grabbed her by the arms and chest and the other by her feet,” Wilson said, then lifted her up and tossed her into the van.
As the van fled westbound, that teenager fought back.
Police, upon further investigation, learned Friday that the teen rolled out of the vehicle onto the ground on Highland Street, between Kickapoo and Louisa, Wilson said.
The van had stopped in the middle of that block and the teen managed to fight her way to open the van door, he said. She ran away and didn’t stop until she got home to safety, Wilson said.
The teen told police there were three suspects — two white males and one male who was either Hispanic or Native American.
The search for the van and possible suspects is ongoing; police aren’t releasing the teenager’s name.
Wilson said anyone with information about this case is asked to call the tip line at 273-1313.
Watch for updates.