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Parents React To Attempted Abduction Near Donahue


Brandi Goldsberry, of Donahue is soon to be a mother of two. She says she always felt safe growing up in her community. Safe enough to even raise a family, but after she heard about a recent attempted abduction in the area-she's a little shaken up.

"It's absolutely devastating. Growing up I walked to school every day, and never once did I ever have a single person stop me or you know, ever come near us it's just terrible," she says.

The incident happened six-miles north of Donahue Thursday evening.. Police say a 14-year old boy was riding his bike along the road when a man driving a minivan approached him and tried to pull him in. The boy got away, but unfortunately the man did too. 

Others in the area are still very concerned saying incidents like these don't typically happen to one of their own.

"It's pretty much frightening because I have grand kids from 8 to 15 years-old that go to school in this area, and they ride bikes too, once and a while. It just hasn't happened here before, but it is now evidently," said John Blumer of Long Grove, IA.   

But State Trooper, Dan Loussaert, says incidents like this are not uncommon in rural areas. 

"It doesn't surprise me when it happens in a rural area, because there are less people around and maybe easier for them to get away with somebody else not seeing them," he says. 

Authorities say the suspect was driving a gray or silver ford minivan that has a white license plate with red lettering and some damage to the vehicle. The Scott County Sheriff's Office asks that you call them with any information.

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