HAMMOND, Ind. (STMW) – Hammond police are searching for a young girl reportedly pulled into a vehicle by a man near the intersection of 173rd Street and Columbia Avenue around 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

However, police haven’t been able to substantiate the alleged incident after a review of surveillance cameras in the area, said Hammond Police Chief Brian Miller. Miller said Hammond police are taking the report seriously.

A group of children notified police of the incident a block south of the Hammond Public Library. The man is described as a white male in his 30s dressed in black with a black ski mask. Police say he is believed to be driving a green, four-door SUV with a broken front turn signal.

The girl is described as a black female, aged 9 to 10 years old, wearing a pink hat and coat.

Witnesses told police they saw the man get out of the vehicle and reportedly grab the girl, Miller said. Hammond police request the public call (219) 853-6490 with any information.

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