Girl, 4, abducted and sexually assaulted in Wilmington; suspect loose

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Girl, 4, abducted & sexually assaulted; suspect loose. Annie McCormick reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on April 8. (WPVI)

Police say they may have some new leads in the abduction and sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl in Wilmington, Delaware.

Police and the FBI are working around the clock to find this sexual predator.

They're looking for more surveillance video and reviewing the video they have.

Tips continue to come in by email, social media and phone. They are looking for any and all leads.

Diana Dsouza of New Castle County said, "If you don't recognize this person, don't talk to them at all, don't go near them."

Parents and kids in the Village of Plum Run remain on high alert following Thursday's kidnapping of a four-year-old girl who was playing outside her home with friends in the 4800 block of Sugar Plum Court.

"If you notice there's no kids out here today. There's a lot of kids in the neighborhood, but there's nobody out here," said Dsouza.

Saturday New Castle County police kept a patrol car near the spot of the abduction.

Police are promising to leave no stone unturned.

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Police press conference on Wilmington, Del. abduction.

It happened around 7 p.m. The two hour manhunt ended when a passerby found the victim walking along the tree line of Banning Park. Near eight miles from where the attacker snatcher her.

The young girl was barely clothed. Police say she was sexually assaulted.

Friday afternoon at Mermaid Boulevard and Hogan Drive near the abduction scene, police found a potential lead, suspicious tire tracks, possible from a quick getaway.

In Banning Park Saturday, people praised the young child's bravery.

"Instead of staying here scared to death, she's a strong girl to be able to walk to the street," said Laurie Shade of New Castle.

Police are looking for a white or Hispanic male in a dark colored 4 door sedan with tinted windows.

The community is looking too, and have a message for her attacker.

"We're definitely looking for that vehicle. Everybody is looking for that vehicle. Hopefully he turns himself in because he has a lot of eyes on him right now," said Shade.

Police are still gathering surveillance and going through what they have.

With the predator still on the loose, a warning is being issued by authorities to parents to keep your eyes on your child at all times when they are outside.

Anyone with information is urged to contact New Castle County Police at (302)-573-2800, and if you see any suspicious persons or vehicles in your community, police say call 911 immediately.

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Girl, 4, sexually assaulted in Delaware abduction, police say. Dann Cuellar reports during Action News at 11 p.m. on April 7.


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