Rockland police look for abductor

Rockland police have released a sketch of the man who allegedly abducted a 9-year-old boy as he was leaving school Tuesday afternoon and then released him unharmed less than a half-hour later in Abington, officials said.

The suspect was described by police as a white male in his late 40s, with a thin build and white hair. The car he was driving during the alleged abduction was described as a four-door sedan that is either white or gray, police said Wednesday in a statement.

The boy was abducted after leaving Memorial Park Elementary School at 2:15 p.m. and was lured into the vehicle under the impression that the man was a friend of his family, police said.


The car, which had been parked on Lower Reed Street, drove around the neighboring towns of Rockland and Abington for about 20 minutes before the boy was told to get out in the area of Lake Street in Abington, police said.

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The boy, who was not injured, recognized the neighborhood and walked into a police station, Rockland police said at a press conference Tuesday night.

Officials were concerned the incident could have been a “dry run” for future abductions and are urging anyone with information to contact Rockland police at 781-871-3890.

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