(NEWBURGH, N.Y.) — Police in Newburgh, N.Y., are investigating the possible abduction of a girl believed to be as young as 5.
A group of 5- and 6-year-old kids told police that two men got out of a pickup truck and grabbed the girl’s mouth and neck and forced her into the truck shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday near South Junior High School, according to a police news release.
Police issued an Amber Alert for the missing child and are working with the FBI. As of midnight, no one had come forward to report a missing child in the area, which is in Orange County, about 60 miles north of New York City.
Newburgh police told ABC News affiliate WABC-TV that they have no reason not to believe the group of kids who say they saw the abduction. The witnesses did not say whether the girl was with anyone at the time of the abduction.
“A guy came out of the pickup truck and grabbed her mouth and her neck and she was trying to scream and couldn’t,” a child told WABC. “They put her in a garbage bag. All you could see is her head. And they put her in the car and drove off.”
Another child told WABC, “I saw the pickup truck. It had blue license plates, and when the man got out of the car with two bags, we started running.”
The girl is described as possibly Hispanic, about 5 or 6 years old and 3-feet tall with long black hair and wearing a short-sleeve, bright-pink shirt with white stripes, according to the news release.
Police said the truck was occupied by two males. The vehicle is a black pickup truck with green writing on the sides.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the City of Newburgh Police Detective Division at (845) 569-7509.
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