Tulsa Police Investigate a Possible Child Abduction Near Utica Square
Tulsa Police officers responded to the 2200 block of South Yorktown around 10 p.m. Saturday night to investigate a report of a child abduction according to TPD Capt. Laurel Ledbetter.
A group of witnesses reported seeing a child, thought to be about 8 years old, walking along the street outside the Utica Square parking lot when an older rusty van, white with green stripes, pulled up to him.
They told police they witnessed what appeared to be an argument between the boy and someone inside. A struggle ensued and the boy was pulled into the van and the van then left the area.
"At this point we don't know whether we have an abduction, whether we have some sort of family altercation or domestic argument," said Ledbetter.
Tulsa police officers canvassed the area on the ground and by helicopter for hours in search of the van but at this time have not able to find it.
Police urge the public to report suspicious sightings of vans fitting the description.
TPD officers are trying to get camera footage in the hopes of determining the license plate of the vehicle, according to Ledbetter. They also contacted OHP and law enforcement in Creek county for help.
The child is described as a white boy, approximately eight years old with brown hair wearing a light-colored t-shirt and blue jeans.
Ledbetter said that police take this kind of report very seriously due to the possibility that it could be a stranger abduction but don't have much to go on right now.
"We don't have any 8-year-old little boys or small boys being reported as missing anywhere in this neighborhood or the city right now so we're kind of waiting for some more information to decide where to take this," she said.