Paulding Co. deputies escort school buses after attempted child abduction

- Deputies escorted buses early Thursday morning in Paulding County, just 12 hours after the manhunt for a man wanted for a reported attempted child abduction began.

It happened in the cul-de-sac along Ivy Springs Drive near Kessle Lane in the New Hope Community subdivision, sometime after 4 p.m. Investigators said a 10-year-old girl reported a man touched her on the shoulder. She was able to run away without further contact. 

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Detectives, including K-9 units, have saturated the area in hopes of finding a possible suspect. Thursday morning, deputies escorted school buses on their routes and had extra patrols at nearby elementary schools. 
The wanted man reportedly ran into the nearby woods, which is where deputies focused their search efforts for several hours without finding anyone.

The Paulding County Sheriff’s Office described the man as being white with shaggy red hair and red facial hair. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt, red shorts, and black and white Nike shoes. Deputies said he may have had a black rag in his hand.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office.

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