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Officers questioning attempted abduction report

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Questions are being raised about one of the recent attempted kidnapping reports in Iowa, the only one initiated by an adult.

There have been at least three reports in the past two days in central Iowa. A woman in Grand Junction said a man tried to grab her three-year-old daughter as she rode her bike Monday morning. The woman said a man wearing a ski mask tried to kidnap the girl, but let her go after a dog bit him.

The Greene County Community School District has a building with cameras in the area where the report was made. Superintendent Tim Christensen tells KWWL the video showed nothing and police are now questioning that report. "We have talked to students to make sure they are aware of the possible situation and how to handle it and react. We're also asking everyone to heighten their awareness and be vigilant," said Christensen.

There were two other reports of attempted abductions in nearby towns that came in before the one in Grand Junction. In Gowrie, a 13-year-old girl said a man in a ski mask tried to grab her and a few miles away in Dayton, a five-year-old girl said the same thing.

Officers are asking people to be watching for an older, white full-size van with no plates.

KWWL also reached out to local law enforcement agencies to see if they've been monitoring the reports in central Iowa. Fayette County Sheriff Marty Fisher says now is a good time for parents to talk to their children about strangers. "Even though we live in a small community, these areas can sometimes be a target. Be sure to have a plan in place and don't be afraid to ask for help. Contact your local law enforcement with any suspicious behavior," said Sheriff Fisher.

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