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Belfield student says men tried to abduct her

Belfield police are on the lookout for two male suspects who allegedly attempted to abduct a 12-year-old girl from Belfield Public School on Tuesday morning.

The girl was walking on the west side of the school to class between 11:20 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. when a van drove up to her, law enforcement said. The men told her to get in, but she ran to a safe place and called authorities, Belfield Police Chief Joe Schmidt said.

School Superintendent Darrel Remington said the school sent out an automated call to the community warning residents of the attempted abduction. The school was not on lockdown.

The girl was sent home after the incident, he added. Police and school officials did not release the names of the child or her parents.

Police said they did not have a description of the suspects, who remain at large, except that they were wearing dark clothes. The vehicle is described as a white cargo van having only front windows.

Schmidt said law enforcement in western North Dakota has been notified as well as other schools. He added there was no reason to believe that the accusation is false.

Dickinson Police Department Capt. Joe Cianni said the DPD is also increasing its presence at Dickinson schools in response to the incident.

"We just want to get out to the public that they need to let their children know not to talk to any strangers in any vehicles and not to get in with anyone," he said.

Schmidt said anyone who has information on the suspects or sees vehicles matching the description should call authorities at 701-575-4485.