posted on May 17, 2010 14:37
Batavia Police have put out a news release with further information on this morning’s abduction of a middle school student.
Detectives Kevin Czora, Richard Schauf, and Todd Crossett confirm that a 14-year-old female was placed in a black minivan on Washington Avenue at State Street as she walked to Batavia Middle School sometime between 7:45am and 8:00am. She was later recovered by police around midday. The girl has been medically evaluated at UMMC and is now safe.
There is a suspect listed in the abduction. The victim has described him as a black male, between 20 and 30 years of age. He was last seen wearing a black long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. The man was driving a black minivan.
Batavia Police say their investigation is in the preliminary stages. They have released no further information at this time.
Previous coverage below:
A Batavia Middle School student was reported to have been abducted on her way to school this morning.
Batavia Police have confirmed that the girl, whose name was not released, is "with police and is OK."
Word of the suspected abduction became public shortly before 2p.m. when City School Superintendent Margaret Puzio activated the school's system emergency telephone alert system. The brief message, relayed to parents and guardians of city school students, advised that a city school system student was abducted on their way to school this morning. "Batavia Police are investigating," Puzio said on the recorded message.
Several parents then contacted WBTA News for more information. The station reached Puzio at apporoximately 2:10p.m. and was told by Puzio that the child was, "with police." Puzio declined to answer any additional questions.
WBTA News then contacted Batavia Police Detective Todd Crossett who confirmed that a child was apparently abducted on her way to school this morning. Crossett confirmed that the child was with police, and was not injured. He also confirmed that the child was a female and was a student at Batavia Middle School.
This story remains fluid and will be updated on-air and on-line when further information is learned.