Authorities investigate attempted abduction of 13-year-old girl near Loveland school

LOVELAND, Colo. - Larimer County sheriff's deputies are investigating the attempted abduction of a 13-year-old girl near a Loveland school on Tuesday afternoon.

Deputies were called at 3:30 p.m. to Carrie Martin Elementary School at 4129 Joni Lane on the report of a male driver trying to pick up a young girl.

 A 13-year-old Loveland girl told investigators a man driving a maroon car followed her as she walked near the school and asked if she needed a ride, said sheriff's office spokesman John Schulz.

The girl immediately ran into the school and the car sped off, Schulz said.

The suspect was described as a white man with salt-and-pepper hair and a white or gray goatee. The car was a mid-to- late 1990s mid-size sedan. The maroon paint was very faded in spots and it had an unidentified graphic on the side.

Investigators are seeking the public's assistance with any information they can provide about the incident, the vehicle or the male driver.  If you have information, please call sheriff's Investigator Mike Byers at 970-498-5169.

Sheriff's officials remind parents to talk with their children about what to do if strangers follow them in a car or speak to them.  Children should run away immediately and notify a responsible adult about the encounter.

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