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Bemidji police say reported abduction didn't happen

A witness said they saw a woman being pulled into a Jeep.


Police in Bemidji say that the reported abduction in the city didn't happen.

"Information gathered during the investigation, including statements from the vehicle owner and several others in the area at the time this occurred as well as video surveillance in the area, seem to indicate that an abduction did not occur," it said in an updated press release.

"A female who had been in the area at that time, wearing similar clothing, has also been identified and located."

The initial report was made by a juvenile witness, with the police thanking him for reporting what he saw.

"It is imperative to ensuring the safety of Bemidji that when we see something, we say something," police said. "The Bemidji Police Department does not believe a danger to the public exists and would like to thank the community for their assistance."

Original story

Police in Bemidji are investigating the possible abduction of a woman from a city street on Wednesday evening.

Bemidji PD said a juvenile witness saw a black, 4-door jeep approach a woman on 26th Street NW and Calihan Avenue as she walked on the side of the street around 7:30 p.m.

A rear seat passenger apparently motioned for her to come closer to the vehicle, and when she approached the passenger grabbed her and pulled her inside.

The Jeep then left the area northbound on Calihan Avenue.

The woman is described as around 20 years old, with shoulder length brown hair, of slender build and wearing black leggings and a blue/green sweater.

The Jeep had a 2013 BSY Fishing sticker on it, as well as some kind of slotted covers over the rear tail lights.

Police are investigating and have said there have been no missing persons reports at this time.

"The Bemidji Police Department urges everyone to check on friends or family that may have been in the area on 26th Street NW and Calihan Avenue on Tuesday the 26th at 19:30 hours," it said.

Anyone with information should call 218-333-9111.

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