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Police seek man in alleged abduction

April 22, 2006|By ROBERT SNYDER

MARTINSBURG, W.Va.

Police in Berkeley County are on the lookout for a man who eluded them following a lengthy manhunt Friday in connection with an alleged abduction in Frederick County, Va., a Berkeley County Sheriff's Department official said.

Chief Deputy Kenneth Lemaster said he was in pursuit of a car on Friday about noon that matched the description of a vehicle provided by an underage female, who told police she had been held against her will in a house in the Gerrardstown area after being abducted from Virginia.

Lemaster said police responded to a house there after receiving a call from the girl, who described her abductor as a dark-complected male between 25 and 30 years old with a slender build and about 6 feet tall.

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Lemaster said the girl was recovered safely.

Lemaster said he pursued the man on foot after the man abandoned his car on Henshaw Drive in Inwood, W.Va.

"He was coming into Inwood when I intercepted him," Lemaster said.

Lemaster said the search, which lasted more than three hours, was aided by officers from West Virginia State Police and officers in a Maryland State Police helicopter. The Federal Bureau of Investigation also is involved in the case, Lemaster said.

An official from the sheriff's department in Frederick County said no information would be forthcoming because the incident remained under investigation.

The man is believed to be from Berkeley County, Lemaster said.

Anyone with information may call the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department at 304-267-7000.

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