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Young person spotted being forced into pickup in Peru, IL; police seek info from the public

Multiple witnesses saw two men forcing the girl into a car early Monday morning.

PERU, Ill. —

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Editor's Note: As the investigation unfolded, police learned the victim in this situation was not a teenager, but was actually a woman in her 20s. She has been located.

The FBI is looking for a teenage girl from Peru, Illinois, after reports of a kidnapping on Monday, June 14th. 

Police say multiple witnesses saw two men at around 5 a.m. forcing a teenage girl, approximately 14 to 16 years old, into a white pick-up truck with a topper. They say there was yelling and screaming, and physical evidence gathered at the scene supports the conclusion that she was taken against her will.

It was reported near the intersection of Plum and 7th Street, next to Washington Park. That's about 80 miles east of the Quad Cities.

A spokesperson with the FBI says it is possible the kidnappers are travelling south towards Springfield, but the direction is unknown. 

Video evidence shows the escape vehicle to be a large white SUV, possibly a Ford make.

Shortly before 5am Monday morning, 6/14/21, a person living near 7th and Plum St. called 9-1-1 reporting hearing a...

Posted by City of Peru Police Department on Monday, June 14, 2021

If you have any information about this incident, tips can be reported to the FBI, at 312-421-6700 or directly to Peru Police Department, at 815-223-2151.    

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