DENVER - An 11-year-old Wyoming girl who was the subject of an Amber Alert has been found, police said.
Katelynn Groves was abducted from an apartment complex in Cody on Monday around 3:45 p.m., reported KGWN.
Cody police said Katelynn and two friends were standing outside when a man pulled up in a white SUV, got out and told the girls he was looking for a missing puppy and asked if they would help him look.
The girl agreed and got inside the man's vehicle, police said.
Cody police issued an Amber Alert around 6:40 p.m.
At 8:15 p.m., police dispatch received a call of an 11-year-old girl walking down a road just outside Cody. When officers arrived, they took Katelynn into protective custody.
Police said the Katelynn told them the man showed her a pistol and told her to get into the SUV. He then drove her to Carter Mountain where he assaulted her, police said.
When the man let her go, she started walking back to town.
Police described the suspect as a white male between 55 and 60 years old. He is between 185 to 200 pounds, is short and has strawberry blonde hair or white hair. He has a neatly trimmed strawberry blonde or white mustache or beard. He was wearing a brown shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball hat.
The SUV is possibly a suburban with two seats up front and the back compartment area open with a mattress on the floor, police said. A black or red backpack was tied to the roof, along with a package of bottled water.
The man may have been living in the vehicle.
The FBI and the Wyoming DCI are assisting with the investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call 911, or the Cody police department at 307-527-8700.
The Wyoming case comes as authorities in Colorado are actively looking for a 10-year-old girl who went missing in Westminster.
Authorities in Colorado said they are aware of the Wyoming case and have liaised with Wyoming authorities but do not believe it is linked to the Colorado disappearance.