A man abducted a 12-year-old Jamestown girl from her home early Friday morning and drove her to a deserted road, before she eventually escaped and found help at a nearby residence.
Now, authorities are asking the public's help in tracking down the kidnapper and encouraging people in southern Chautauqua County to exercise caution and lock their doors.
"I think it's better to put out the word to be cautious," said Chautauqua County District Attorney David W. Foley. "We're so early in the investigation, we have yet to determine whether or not there may have been a relationship between the girl and the perpetrator.
"It may have been a random act," Foley said Saturday. "Although, we're not saying it is, our concerns are heightened because of that possibility."
The investigation began early Friday morning, after authorities received a call from a Town of Poland home where the Jamestown girl found help.
Here's what happened, according to the district attorney:
The man entered the girl's home, near Harris Avenue and Benedict Street in Jamestown, about 3 a.m. Friday. Her parents were home at the time, but Foley declined to say if they heard anything. It also is unclear if the man had a weapon.
In a gold minivan, the man drove the girl to an isolated gas well road in the Scott Hill Road area of Poland. The site is known as an unofficial camping grounds.
At some point, the girl managed to get away and found help at the nearby home. The call to 911 was made at about 6 a.m.
Foley would not comment on the extent of the girl's injuries or how she was harmed, but said she did receive medical attention. The girl was home with her family on Saturday.
Law enforcement recovered an abandoned vehicle matching the description of the van, which was traced to a used car dealership in Pomfret that reported the vehicle stolen Wednesday.
Chautauqua County sheriff's deputies, Jamestown and state police, and the FBI are investigating.
The alleged abductor is described as a thin, white male, with blond hair, in his mid-20s to 30s and 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-9.
Anyone with information is asked to call Jamestown police at 483-7537.