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Mom reports possible attempted Duncan abduction
Laney Haywood is trying to alert as many folks about an attempted abduction of her daughter Tuesday afternoon.
"Yesterday, on Oct. 15 a man tried to abduct my daughter on Mary/Philip St. at 2:22 p.m," Haywood wrote in an email to the News Leader Pictorial. "He was driving a white Dodge Ram with a canopy."
Haywood's daughter, who's 16 years old, was walking home from the Cowichan Valley Adult Learning Centre at the former L'Ecole Duncan Elementary school on Nagle St. She was at about the corner of Mary and Phillip Streets when the Dodge rolled up behind her.
The man, who's been described by her daughter as Caucasian, about 5'7" and in his mid-40s with a short-haired handlebar mustache, yelled at her, "Hey" out the truck window. He then got out of the truck and approached her.
That's when she ran.
And thankfully, she was able to call her mom from her cell phone, who was working not far away at Coffee on the Moon at the time, who came and got her.
By the time Haywood got to the area, and found her daughter at the end of Mary Street, the man had disappeared.
The man was also described wearing jeans, a green plaid shirt, a black ball cap with a brown rim, a dark brown leather jacket and had a large belt buckle.
Police have also been notified of the incident.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP Cpl. Jon Stuart encourages anyone with information to contact police.
"I would like to clarify we are not investigating this as an attempted abduction," Stuart said Thursday. "It is confirmed that a vehicle stopped, and a male got out, but no overt action was reported to us to show that it was anything other than a suspicious occurrence.
"When we received this file, we investigated, made patrols and attempted to locate vehicles matching the description."
Information can be reported to the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment at 250-748-5522.