Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Jacksonville police investigate possible abduction near Baptist Hospital - Florida Times-Union

Witnesses to a possible abduction said a man and woman were arguing as he shuffled her to a car after she arrived at the Jacksonville Orthopedic Institute near Baptist Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.

The man was waiting inside the Institute when the woman walked in shortly before 5 p.m. He grabbed her arm from behind and directed her outside and into a car parked in a lot off Hendricks Avenue, said Sgt. Michael Paul of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Paul said the woman was not dragged and did not call for help but that the two were arguing. He said employees of the medical facility have been accounted for and it was not clear if the woman was a patient.

He said police have reviewed surveillance video provided by the medical center and believe the case could be an abduction. No missing person reports have been linked to the case.

The woman is described as in her 30s or 40s with long blonde hair and wearing a white dress with flowers and black trim. The man is described as heavyset and wearing a red polo shirt, tan cargo pants and flip flops.

They got into an older, small, red car with fading paint.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Jacksonville Sheriffs Office at (904) 630-0500.

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