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Police hope for break in feared abduction of girl in El Sereno

November 14, 2012 | 10:54 am

The Los Angeles Police Department released sketches late Tuesday of a girl who was seen being dragged into the brush surrounding El Sereno Recreation Center and of her alleged abductor. But authorities still had no fresh leads as of mid-morning Wednesday.

More than 250 rescue workers and volunteers spread out through the brush and steep terrain in 80-degree heat for most of the day Tuesday searching for a girl who witnesses said was taken--kicking and screaming--by an 18-to-21-year-old man into the brush Monday night. 

Investigators said the girl is thought to be 13 to 15 years old.

Rescue workers searched nearly 500 acres but said they found no signs of the girl, other than some articles of clothing that were recovered Monday night.

"While we have located some physical evidence that supports the abduction, we have not found any evidence that the young lady is still in the park," Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said Tuesday afternoon.  

The search was called off Tuesday evening, but the LAPD says detectives are continuing to investigate the reported abduction.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the LAPD at (877) 527-3247.

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