LA police search for girl who was dragged away

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Police searched today for a teenage girl or a small woman who was heard screaming and may have been kidnapped in the El Sereno area, authorities said.

The calls reporting a screaming victim being dragged up into a hillside area around 4900 Klamath St. started coming at 7:52 p.m. Monday, said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.

The possible victim was thought to be a girl of between 13 and 16 or a small woman, said Cmdr. Andy Smith, another LAPD spokesman.

“Witnesses reported seeing a (female) screaming as she was being dragged up into the hillside by a man believed to be between 18 and 20 years- old,” Borihanh said.

Officers from the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Division were sent to the scene to search the area.

“The officers found some leggings and tennis shoes near the reported site of the abduction and brought in bloodhounds and helicopters to search the area, which is more than 350 acres,” Borihanh said.

An air search was suspended about 11 p.m. but the entire search started up again at daybreak.

“We have not received any missing person’s report that matches the description of the girl but we are treating this as serious and responding with an abundance of caution,” Borihanh said.

A command post for the search was set up near the intersection of Klamath Street and Eastern Avenue, according to Sgt. Karen Stanwix, the watch commander at the LAPD’s Hollenbeck Station.

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