Analyzing Abductions: Do They Happen Frequently?
MANKATO, MN - According to the FBI, over 650,000 people were reported missing in the United States last year. That's about 0.2% of the population. While most of these cases end up solved, some people are never located.
46-year-old Wendy Khan went missing on June 1st. Her car was found abandoned behind the CVS Pharmacy on Belle Avenue in Mankato. She still has not been located.
Commander Dan Schisel, of Mankato Public Safety, said: "We do receive tips. Just as recently as like yesterday or the day before. We continue to receive tips on Wendy. Whether they're possible sightings or whatever it is we continue to follow up each and every day on any tip that comes in."
Since then, there have been several attempted abductions in our area.
A man tried to assault a 14-year-old girl at Ray Erlandson Park on July 25th. The victim fought the attacker and managed to get away.
On July 27th, a man attempted to kidnap a woman from a rest stop along I-90 in Blue Earth. She managed to resist the man and escape.
2 days ago, at Wings Over White Oaks Park, a man in a white sedan asked a 9-year-old girl to get into his car. She refused and the man drove off.
These incidents stress the need to be aware of your surroundings, and if you are grabbed, fight back.
"We had a previous situation where this individual had kicked punched screamed and done everything she could to get away from a bad situation and made it home and reported it immediately to any law enforcement agency what had taken place.", Schisel added.
While abductions are still statistically a rare event, it never hurts to keep your eyes open for anyone that seems out of place.