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Sheriff’s Officers Still Investigating Reports Involving Similar Type Of Vehicle

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office is still investigating reports of possible crime involving similar vehicles. The reports were made Monday afternoon and Tuesday, including one alleged child abduction, and two reports of suspicious activity.

Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office at 4:20 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2021, received a report of an attempted abduction of a juvenile on County Road 4586 in the North Hopkins area. The child was reportedly able to reach safety. The suspect vehicle was described as a black two door passenger car, possibly a Honda Civic. The suspect was described as a white male estimated to be in his 30s or 40s, with what appeared to be a shaved-bald head, seen on Monday wearing a blue short sleeve shirt and blue jeans.

Deputies actively searched the area Monday and continued to check on Tuesday. Other law enforcement agencies were also notified and asked to check their records for similar incidents, according to HCSO investigator.

Anyone who has property in the area of CR 4586 with video cameras is asked to please check to see if they have video with a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle. If so, they are asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 903-438-4040 to share the video with HCSO officers.

A suspicious vehicle was reported just before 9 p.m. Aug. 30 on FM 71 east in the North Hopkins area; a male in a similar style vehicle, described as possibly being a 2-door dark gray Honda or Nissan, was reportedly asking people for gas for the vehicle.

Because an Amber Alert was also issued by Cherokee County Monday night for two children reported to be missing, who were thought to be in a vehicle with a similar description as the one said to have been involved in the reported child abduction attempt in North Hopkins, HCSO did check into the matter to see if the instances were connected. The car in that case was reported to be a Honda Civic, and the suspect a white male.

That Amber Alert was canceled Tuesday afternoon, with the location of the missing Cherokee County children.

“Our situation appears to be unrelated but we are not ruling anything out based on the limited information we have. Our hope is that someone saw our suspect’s vehicle in the area or knows the suspect from our incident based on the information released,” sheriff’s investigators reported.

Tuesday morning, Saltillo ISD posted a notice on social media to families, notifying them of a suspicious person report. A male reportedly parked a black Honda Civic around 7 a.m. Aug. 30 on FM 900 at U.S. 67 near Saltillo ISD. The car was reported to be missing one headlight, have damage on the back bumper, to have paper tags and a faded front bumper.

While it appears all of the reports are unrelated, HCSO deputies and investigators are looking into these claims.

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Author: Faith Huffman

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