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Police investigate reported abduction of 15-year-old girl near Jennings

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By Daniel Fredman By Daniel Fredman

JENNINGS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- Police began an investigation Thursday after the abduction of a teenage girl was reported.

The teen was able to make an escape from her kidnapper, but her father said he had trouble capturing the attention of police.

The victim noticed a strange man driving a white van near her bus stop Wednesday morning at Route 367 and Jennings Station Road, but was able to board her school bus. Wednesday, the victim's father called police to report the suspicious man, who is possibly in his 40s.

Thursday, the same man allegedly kidnapped the victim by forcing her into his van at approximately 3:30 p.m.

"From what I'm getting from my daughter, he drove around with her for a while and they went somewhere down Jennings Station Road by a cemetery," Robert Henderson, the victim's father, told News 4. "He pulled her out of the van and starting cutting her clothes. [He] went into the van and pulled out a black duffle bag which had zip tie handcuffs, and when she saw the bag she got up and started running."

Henderson said his daughter ran until she was able to flag down a driver for help and was reunited with her father.

When Henderson contacted the police, however, he said they did not seem to feel any sense of urgency regarding his report. Henderson said the police's reaction was the same when he reported the suspicious man at the bus stop the previous day.

St. Louis County Police confirmed that they did file a report on the matter and are working on the investigation.

The girl is a transfer student that attends the Kirkwood School District. The district has alerted parents to what happened.

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