LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Police and other crews scoured a more than 450-acre area of El Sereno today in search of a teenage girl or woman who was heard screaming and may have been kidnapped, but no victim was found.
The calls reporting a screaming victim being dragged up into a hillside area around 4900 Klamath St. started coming at 7:52 p.m. Monday, said Officer Bruce Borihanh, a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman.
"Witnesses reported seeing a (female) screaming as she was being dragged up into the hillside by a man believed to be between 18 and 20 years-old," Borihanh said.
LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith later said the possible victim was thought to be a girl of between 13 and 16 or a small woman.
Borihanh said search crews found some leggings and tennis shoes near the reported site of the abduction. An earlier search was suspended around 11 p.m. Monday, but began again at daybreak. Borihanh noted that the department had not received any reports of anyone missing who matched the description of the potential victim.
Around 3:30 p.m., LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said crews had gone over about 90 percent of the area, and while "we have located some physical evidence that supports the abduction, we have seen no evidence of the female who was
"So that is good news. The last thing we want to do is find remains in this remote location," Beck said. "This case has been actively worked by over 250 personnel from agencies all over the Southern California area."
Beck said police responded in force to the reported abduction -- with
help from the Sheriff's Department, Fire Department and other agencies.
"Unfortunately things like this do happen," he said. "We have sexual assaults, we have attacks in the city of Los Angeles on a regular basis. ... I'm not in the hope-for-the-best business, I'm in the plan-for-the-worst business. You have to go look. If anybody can imagine, if this was your daughter, if this was your wife, if this was your friend, you would want this kind of effort to ensure their safety. I am very, very pleased that we have not found anybody. My hope is that this was a dispute that has been resolved in some way, but we don't know that and we have to treat everything like it's the real deal."