Young girl found safe with family after reported abduction | News
UPDATE: 10:45 a.m. Sunday -- The young girl who detectives were trying to locate from the Target shopping center on the southside last night was located and is safe with her family, according to JSO.
Detectives were able to track down her parents and determined that they were with her the entire time.
"We thank you all very much for helping us get the information out to the public," Public Information Officer Shannon R. Hartley wrote in an email to local media.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible child abduction on the Southside, police said Saturday.
According to a press release from JSO, witnesses told police they found a child sitting alone in a shopping cart outside the Target located in the 9000 block of Southside Boulevard about 5:45 p.m.
While witnesses were trying to locate the child's parents, they said a middle-aged white male driving a blue SUV with Florida plates offered to help and drove off with the child, the release said.
The girl is said to be between 5-7 years old with blonde hair, wearing a purple jacket and light colored blue jeans. Her alleged abductor is described as having salt and pepper colored hair and wearing a dark shirt, police said.
Sergeant Shawn Coarsey with the Sheriff's Office told us there is no report of a missing child at this time. But police are taking every precaution.
If you have any information about either of these individuals, you're asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.
First Coast News is on the scene and will update this story as soon as we have additional information.