ISLE OF WIGHT COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) - Isle of Wight County officials released revised vehicle information Saturday in an ongoing child abduction case.
Friday, investigators released composite sketches of the suspect accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a child.
An 11-year-old girl was abducted at a school bus stop Wednesday morning, according to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Mark Marshall said the suspect took the girl from her bus stop between Brewer's Neck Boulevard and the Crittenden Bridge in Carrollton.
The man is believed to have made two stops, where he allegedly sexually assaulted the child outside the vehicle before dropping her back near home. On Saturday, investigators released new information about where the victim was allegedly assaulted.
One location has been identified as Iron Mines Spring Road, near the Isle of Wight county fairgrounds.
Officials said the second location was described as an old, abandoned two-story, wood-framed house. It was said to have no shingles on the roof, and an old sofa could be seen through a collapsed wall. Investigators said the home is about 200 yards off the paved road, and there are discarded HVAC units in the yard. There are newer homes nearby, the closest being a well-kept, white two-story house with red shutters and a gray roof. There is a new, wooden fence around the back yard.
Investigators said the location may be anywhere along the Route 13 corridor leading into North Carolina. The Sheriff's Office worked with the FBI to fly over the area in search of the second crime scene.
The Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office released a composite sketch of the suspect Friday afternoon.
A sketch artist was brought in from Quantico to help with the investigation. Sheriff Marshall said investigators are also being assisted by behavioral scientists and FBI employees, who are working without pay because of the partial federal government shutdown.
Following additional interviews with the victim, investigators released revised information about the suspect's vehicle on Saturday. They also released a photo of a vehicle that is similar to the description of the suspect's car.
The man was described as having the following attributes:
• Being an older white man with blue eyes, short blond hair (not a buzz cut) and bushy blond eyebrows
• A thin blond beard with white whiskers, strip from temples down across chin, no mustache
• Slightly yellowed teeth, full lips, a wide nose
• Freckles covering his face, arms and body
• Small hands with short fingers
• Wearing cut-off jean shorts, a tan t-shirt and blue and brown tennis shoes
• Wearing small brown glasses low on his nose like bifocals
• Having a slow cadence of speech
• Being about 5' 8" tall and 175 pounds in weight
The suspect vehicle description was revised Saturday, and is said to have the following attributes:
• A 1995-2001 silver 2-door Chevrolet Cavalier
• A Virginia State inspection sticker, but there is NO banner across the windshield as previously stated
• Manual roll-down windows
• Black and grey interior with leather or vinyl seats (not cloth)
• New-looking exterior
• Cracked dashboard with pieces missing
Some businesses in Isle of Wight County had signs about the attack on their doors, asking customers to call authorities with any tips. Smithfield resident Debbie Allen said she had been looking for the suspect all day. "Somebody's got to find him today. We need to share him on Facebook. Everybody needs to share him. Everybody far and wide needs to share his picture so we can get him caught," Allen said.
Smithfield resident Amy Powers said her children are now frightened after learning of the attack. "I really think it's scary because I do have kids myself. So just knowing that there is a predator out there, and especially close where I live at kind of makes me wonder. Like I want to watch my kids 24/7," Powers said.
Many parents said they are talking about the abduction with their children. They want their kids to know what to do if they're ever alone or at school and a stranger approaches.
"We talked about what people he should go to at school," said Casey Thrift about the conversation she had with her 7-year-old son. "His teachers, the principals."
Isle of Wight County Schools Superintendent, Katrise Perera, said the school division has been working with the Sheriff's office on increasing security at bus stops and schools.
"We've also alerted our bus drivers, as well as our teachers within the buildings," said Perera. "We're asking that they be extra vigilant. We have to have eyes and ears everywhere."
The incident has also made residents weary of unfamiliar faces.
"You look at strangers differently because you don't want it to ever happen," said Suffolk resident Andrew Brooks.
"When something like this happens you are even more aware of anything around you or anything that is out of the ordinary or anyone you are not used to seeing," said Hampton resident Barbara Byrne.
The Sheriff's Office is asking anyone with any information that may help investigators to call a dedicated telephone line for tips: 757-365-6290.
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