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Strathmore RCMP investigating abduction of girl who is now safe

Strathmore, Alta. RCMP are asking people in the community to be “extra vigilant with their children” after an abduction was reported in the town. 

Girl was brought to Alberta Children’s Hospital, sergeant says

Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz with the Strathmore RCMP, said a young student was forced into a vehicle by two men on Tuesday. (Colin Hall/CBC)

Strathmore, Alta. RCMP are asking people in the community to be "extra vigilant with their children" after an abduction was reported in the town. 

RCMP in the town approximately 50 kilometres east of Calgary, said they responded to a report of a girl being abducted — who is now safe — while walking home from her bus stop on Tuesday around 3:30 p.m.

Staff Sgt. Mark Wielgosz with the Strathmore RCMP, said the "very young female student" was forced into a vehicle by two men and taken to a residence. 

The girl was able to escape from the residence and flee the area, Wielgosz said, and was found by a family member around 5:30 p.m. The abduction was reported to the RCMP around 6 p.m. 

"It was violent in nature because there was force exerted on our young female victim to get her into the vehicle, as well as at the residence where she was ultimately able to escape from. We are still determining the nature, the scope, the extent of her injuries," Wielgosz said. 

He said the girl was taken to Alberta Children's Hospital in Calgary Tuesday evening. 

"Our message right now primarily is to let the public know what has happened and take reasonable safeguards in the interim with their children … that parents ensure they're monitored when they're going to and from school." 

Wielgosz said the investigation is a "priority" with several specialized support units involved. 

On Thursday, RCMP released descriptions of two men they said were driving a white, four-door truck with a grey interior.

Mounties described one man as having light-coloured skin, clean shaven, with long black hair and blue eyes. They said the man was wearing a black tuque and a black Zoo York sweater.

They said the other suspect also has light-coloured skin, was clean shaven and was wearing a white shirt and grey sweatpants. 

Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to call authorities.

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