Authorities speak out on Knox County abduction attempt

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The Knox County Sheriff’s Department is currently investigating an attempted child abduction. 

Ouabache Trails Park rests on a quiet piece of countryside overlooking the Wabash River.  

The park is just two miles north of Vincennes, drawing thousands of visitors to Knox county every year.  

“We wouldn’t be back if it wasn’t safe there’s no question about it. It is just a great place,”  Ouabache Trails Park Visitor Tom Hunt said. “Vincennes area has so much history and so much diversity and culture from the manufacturing, the history of Red Skelton, the Amish community it’s just a wonderful place to visit.”  

But on Sunday the park was anything but peaceful. Authorities say a man attempted to abduct a girl on the playground.  

“It was the buzz of the campground and I’m surprised quite frankly that something like that would have happened here. But you know this day and age anything can happen I suppose,” Hunt said.   

Sunday just before 3:30 p.m. in the afternoon an 11-year-old girl was playing on this playground when the alleged incident took place. 

“This young lady told us she started screaming and tried to fight,” Knox County Sheriff Doug Vantlin said. “She was able to break free and take off.”  

The subject is described as a white male wearing all black with a black mask covering his face. 

“In this area not that many,” Vantlin said. “Yes, we have had them over the years but going back I can’t come up with a number but it’s not like the bigger more populated areas, so we don’t have that many around here.” 

If you or a loved one find yourself in a similar situation the Knox County Sheriff’s Department says fight back. 

“Scream and fight and try to run,” Vantlin said. “Be aware of your surroundings, don’t get too far away from your parents and keep your parents in sight.” 

This is an ongoing investigation and authorities ask if you know anything to contact the Knox County Sheriff’s Department 812-882-7660 

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