posted on May 17, 2010 20:00
Police will resume investigations tomorrow into the bizarre abduction of a Batavia Middle School student. The incident allegedly happened early this morning, when a 14-year-old girl told police she was placed in a van on Washington Avenue as she walked to Batavia Middle School.
When the girl escaped her alleged captor, she headed for the City School Administration building on Washington Avenue. Superintendent Margaret Puzio says the girl wandered straight into her office, and told the superintendent what had happened.
Margaret Puzio says she doesn’t know why the student went to the district office first. Meanwhile, Batavia Police Officer Eric Hill said that because of a lack of evidence, police cannot confirm that the abduction actually happened.
But in Puzio’s mind, there is no doubt.
"I believe the child," she sternly told a reporter.
The victim did describe a suspect for police. She says her kidnapper was a black male, 20-to-30 years old, wearing a black long sleeve shirt, blue jeans, and sneakers. The victim says the man was driving a black minivan.
Anyone with information or who witnessed the incident at Washington Avenue is asked to call the Batavia Police Department at 345-6350.
PHOTO: Batavia Police Chief Randy Baker and Officer Eric Hill answer questions at a news conference this evening regarding the alleged abduction.