Police: Unknown if abduction was targeted or random


WAYNESBORO, Pa. (WHTM) – Police continue to look for the unknown person who took a 4-year-old from her home on Pen Mar Road in Washington Township. The girl was later found unharmed along the side of a road.

Investigators don’t know if this was a random or targeted attack. They’re reminding all parents to watch their kids.

It’s still a very active investigation. Interviews were being conducted throughout the day on Friday.

State police say they don’t know if the child walked out of the home and then was taken or was taken from inside of this home.

“We’ve seen her out playing,” said Robin Kessler, a neighbor.

Neighbors are shocked and disturbed.

“We have grandchildren, so it’s concerning that someone would do something like that,” said Kessler.

Police say the girl was last seen Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. She was reported missing Thursday at 3:30 a.m, then found at 10 a.m. on Harbaugh Church Road, nearly two and a half miles away.

“Other than two houses on the other side, on the right side, there’s nothing in between really, other than just a farm,” said Diana Swart, who lives on Harbaugh Church Road.

Investigators say the child was in good health. They don’t believe she was harmed.

Many community members say the area feels safe but is no place to be left alone at night.

“It’s really dark, a lot of wildlife, things creeping around,” said Swart.

ABC27 tried to talk with the girl’s family, but no one answered the door.

Franklin County Children and Youth Services is creating a safety plan for her.

Washington Township police said only state police could comment because it’s their investigation. Troopers weren’t available Friday.

If you traveled in the area or have information related to the abduction, police want to hear from you.

“This isn’t the kind of neighborhood that you would see something like that,” said Kessler.

We also reached out to the Franklin County district attorney’s office, Children and Youth Services, and Washington Township for comment but did not hear back.

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