Paulding County sheriff’s investigators released these images of a white van seen in the same area an 11-year-old girl said a man tried to get her inside a similar vehicle Wednesday evening. 
Photo: Paulding County Sheriff's Office
Photo: Paulding County Sheriff's Office

Officials investigating after girl says man tried to lure her into white van

An 11-year-old girl walking her dog in her Paulding County neighborhood told her mother someone tried to lure her into a white van Wednesday evening.

Authorities on Thursday released photos of the unmarked van, which was seen Wednesday at a business in the same rural area in the northern part of the county. Paulding sheriff’s deputies are investigating the incident as a possible attempted child abduction.

The girl said she ran straight home after the van pulled alongside her and her dog on School Road in the Burnt Hickory community. 

“According to the juvenile, while she was walking her dog, a Hispanic male pulled up to her in an old white ‘work van’ and told her to get inside the vehicle,” sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Ashley Henson said in a news release.

Deputies got involved after the girl told her mother, and the woman called 911 around 6:15 p.m. They did not find the man or the white van Wednesday night.

The van appears to be a white Chevrolet or GMC van, according to authorities. Investigators are looking to speak with anyone who may have seen a similar vehicle Wednesday afternoon in the area of School Road and Benson Road.

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives in the juvenile investigations division at (770) 443-3016.

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