UPDATED: Attempted Abduction in Beverly

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UPDATED: 2/25/13

Beverly Police Chief Mark Sams says they are still investigating the attempted abduction of a young girl.

He thanks the community for the help and tips. "We have had many leads in this case and we are following up on every one of them we get. Some of the information we have received has helped us in the ongoing investigation tremendously."

A childhood game takes a scary turn
An young girl finds herself running from a stranger in Beverly. "Her and another girl were playing hide and seek in that area," says Beverly Police Chief Mark Sams.

The Beverly Police say it happened around 5:30 Thursday evening behind Fort Frye High School. An eleven year old girl says a stranger, holding a gun, tried to grab her.

"The gentleman approached her, she got scared and ran back toward the school. He grabbed her by the hooded sweatshirt she was wearing and forced her back toward the river area, she was then able to break free from him and run back up to the school." There she found someone at the school who called the Police.

She tells police he was talking to her-- but she didn't even know what he was saying. "He made some comments but she wasn't really sure what he was saying, it was kind of a mumble.

Police say this type of situation, while rare, does happen. They say parents should talk about a safe place to go in every situation. "I think parents should bring it up to children a head of time and discuss what could happen or if they feel uncomfortable in a situation, they need to get out of it and go to that safe house."

Police say this man was carrying what appeared to be a long gun.

The girl described the man as mid-twenties, about five-ten, and a short beard but no mustache. The man was last seen wearing camouflage clothing and a hunter orange/camo hat. Do have a lead but are still asking anyone with any information to call the Sheriff's Office at 740-376-7070 ext. 0.

Beverly Police are warning parents ... be on the lookout.

A man attempted to kidnap a young girl tonight near Fort Frye High School, and he's still on the loose.

Detective Ted Offenberger tells WTAP that a white male between 5"10 and 6 feet tall tried to grab a little girl behind Fort Frye High School this evening.

The good news ... the little girl was able to get away, and she's safe tonight.

Now -- police are searching for the man.

They say he was last seen wearing green camo pants and a green camo shirt.

He has a short beard, with no mustache.

If you know anything about the attempted abduction or know who this man might be you are asked to call the Washington County Sheriff's Office at (740) 376-7070.

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