Close call: Letcher Co. woman flees abduction on Highway 15


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LETCHER Co., Ky. (WYMT) - Whitesburg Chief of Police Tyrone Fields said one Letcher County woman had a close call with abduction on Friday evening.

Police said she was almost kidnapped around 5:30 on the Highway 15 bypass where the woman usually runs.

"She knew it just wasn't right for a van to pull over beside her or in front of her and she had no idea who they were," said Chief Fields.

This happened between the hospital and the old high school.

Fields said the woman noticed an older cream colored van with a passenger, in his early to mid-thirties, trying to open the door and take her.

This is when police said the woman began sprinting as fast as possible and got away.

Police described the driver as an older man with white hair and glasses.

Leaves falling and time changing means less daylight.

This is when police said we should be especially mindful of our surroundings.

"Stay out of dark areas," Fields said. "Always have some type of protection whether it's a cell phone that you can just call for help on."

Always let friends know where you are and take a buddy when possible.

"I would do anything I could possibly do," said Fields. "Whether it be fight off the aggressor, whatever it may be to save your life do it."

Most importantly, Fields said, trust your instincts.

He said they are doing everything possible to ensure safety and catch the culprits.

Anyone with information should contact police.

The chief is hosting a public discussion concerning this matter on Thursday at 6:30 in City Hall.


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