RCMP are searching for a young, clean-cut suspect after a 16-year-old girl who was abducted while walking her dog escaped from a pick-up truck.
It happened Sunday morning, RCMP said.
Police were called by a homeowner who said the girl turned up hurt around 7:20 a.m.
Investigators believe the girl was walking on Ste Annes Road, southeast of Landmark, Man., when a pick-up truck driver stopped and asked her if she needed a ride.
She turned down the offer, and police said she was forced inside the truck.
It was as the truck slowed while approaching a dead-end on Road 45 North that the victim managed to escape, police said, around four kilometres east of Landmark.
She received minor injuries while making her way to the nearest home for help.
Police said the suspect is described as being a clean cut man with a light brown complexion, between the ages of 18 and 22.
He was around five foot eight and had a medium build, short black hair and a round face.
The truck was described as being a black, four-door, older-model pick-up with a dusty exterior. Police said it’s possible it had been repainted.
Experience 'traumatic' for victim: RCMP
Cpl. Julie Courchaine said it’s not clear how long the girl was with her abductor or how she sustained her injuries.
“Obviously very concerning, very traumatic experience for this young girl,” Courchaine said.
She said there are many police officers working on the case and a composite sketch of the suspect is being made in the hopes he can be identified.
People living in the area where the incident took place told CTV News they were shocked and disturbed and would be on the lookout for anything suspicious.
One woman told CTV News police came by her home and asked if she had any cameras.
Mom Debra Philbert was moving into a new home with her two young sons Monday, just metres from where the girl escaped.
Philbert lived for years in Winnipeg.
“This is why we left the city. A quiet neighbourhood. Safe for your kids to play in the yard. Hearing this, it sounds too close to home. A little nerve-wracking,” she said.
Philbert said she would be keeping her eyes peeled.
Anyone with information is asked to call the St-Pierre-Jolys RCMP at 204-433-7433, or submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers.