Galloway Township Police Department

GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — Police asked for the public’s help Tuesday afternoon as they investigated a possible attempted abduction of a 17-year-old girl.

At 11:40 a.m., police received a call from a parent reporting that someone had tried to abduct their daughter as she was walking home from school, according to a post on the department’s Facebook page. Officers found the girl on East Jimmie Leeds Road and took her home.

The 17-year-old, whom police have not identified, told officers she was walking home from school on East Great Creek Road when a car approached her, the driver honking the horn, according to the post. The car pulled next to the girl, who heard the seat belt click and the door open as the driver exited.

She ran to a nearby home, where she called her parents, police said.

The girl described the car as a tan, older model “soccer mom” minivan with tinted rear windows, police said. She described the driver as a black man in his late twenties or early thirties with scruffy facial hair and a white T-shirt with writing on the front.

The driver did not talk to the girl, police said. The investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information can call police at 609-652-3705.

Contact: 609-272-7241

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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