EVERETT (AP) — Police believe a stranger abducted a 5-year-old girl from her bedroom in Everett early Saturday, carried her from her apartment complex to a nearby trail and then later freed her.
The girl sought help early Saturday when she knocked on an apartment door about a mile from her home, Everett police spokesman Aaron Snell said. The residents called 911 at 4:30 a.m.
Police said the girl was not fully dressed, but there was no indication of sexual assault. She was taken to a local hospital.
The girl's father was alerted to her disappearance when officers responding to an unrelated call arrived at his apartment at about 5:30 a.m. and woke him up, Snell said. Someone, not a family member, had called 911 to report suspicious circumstances, including a missing screen and open window.
Police found video surveillance taken at about 3 a.m. showing a man leaving the apartment complex carrying a large object, believed to be the girl, over his shoulder and walking toward the Interurban Trail, a designated paved trail about 200 yards from the girl's home, he said.
The girl was taken from her ground floor bedroom, and it appears the man got into the bedroom by using a wooden pallet as a ladder, Snell said.
The man wore a dark-colored shirt, light-colored jeans and shoes, a white hat and what is described as white earrings.
"She did not know this man. We believe this was a stranger," Snell said.
Police found items of her clothing in a wooded area off the trail. A police dog followed a track from the apartment where the girl lived to where she turned up asking for help and found pieces of evidence.