Sheriff's office hopes analysis of evidence will help find intruder

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Detectives are still looking for a man who tried to abduct a little girl from a home in Sandy yesterday. Even though the kidnapper was not successful, investigators are taking it seriously. They say they are thinking the evidence left at the scene is going to help them out tremendously.

The crime lab is testing that evidence right now for finger prints and DNA. Detectives still won't confirm what the suspect left behind.

At 6 a.m. on Sunday, officers say someone entered the home near 10300 South and Peony Way and went to a bedroom where two 11-year-old girls were sleeping. The man reportedly went up to the girl in the bottom bunk and covered her eyes and mouth. That action woke her up and she started kicking and screaming.

The other friend woke up and turned the light on. Investigators say that startled the man and he ran outside, taking off in a white car. In interviews with detectives, the two girls said the suspect looked familiar.

"They did give us an indication that they may know the suspect. However, they were also unable to say: ‘Yes, absolutely it is that person.' So in this type of investigation, we certainly don't want to close any doors," said Lt. Don Hutson, spokesman for the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office.

Hutson continued, "I think we owe it to the victims, and owe it to society in general, to pursue. Just because it didn't occur and turned out OK … I think we need to make sure we investigate it properly."

No adults were home at the time. A family member says the mother was at work.

Investigators say the evidence left at the scene should take a couple days to process. Once they have that information, they should be able to move forward rather quickly.

If you have any information, call the Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office at 801-743-7000.


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