2020.01.16 12:41

Child allegedly abducted in Vilnius, police launch search

BNS 2020.01.16 12:41

Lithuanian police launched an extensive search operation on Wednesday night following reports that a child could have been abducted in Vilnius.

The city's police were alerted at around 19:14 on Wednesday that a girl aged 11 or 12 could have been forced into a silver or yellow car with foreign number plates on Sausio 13-osios Street.

Police said on Thursday morning that an intensive overnight search had produced no tangible results and that they had not received any reports of a missing child yet.

Lithuanian Interior Minister Rita Tamašunienė and Police Commissioner General Renatas Požela met on Thursday morning to discuss the search efforts.

“Police are currently investigating various versions of the alleged abduction and appreciate any information relevant to yesterday's incident,“ the minister said in a press release. “I am asking anyone who has information to call 112.”

Police said they had received hundreds of calls from members of the public offering information.

Vilnius police have launched a pre-trial investigation into the reported incident, but say the evidence so far does not allow them to either confirm or deny that an abduction did in fact take place.

The Lithuanian Criminal Police Bureau and other authorities have joined the search.

Police have been checking CCTV footage from various areas and are asking for any dash cam footage from motorists who were in the neighbourhoods of Karoliniškės and Lazdynai between 18:00 and 20:00 on Wednesday.

Officials also continue to appeal for information from people who live on Sausio 13-osios Street or were in the area between 18:50 and 19:15.