Update: 7:15 a.m. Friday 11-12-2021: Utica Police say reports that a missing Utica teen was abducted Thursday night were false.
In a statement overnight, Utica Police say they responded to the area of Arthur Street and Steuben Street regarding a possible abduction investigation around 5:30pm. They were told a 14-year-old girl was walking with family members when a vehicle approached them, two parties exited, and then forced the girl into the car.
That’s when the amber alert and hours long investigation ensued and police believed the girl to be in danger. Police say after the alert was issued, the girl made contact with family members and was found in good health.
After an extensive investigation, Utica Police say they concluded those events did not happen and the girl was never abducted or in danger. Police say they take all allegations seriously, especially those that allege someone is in imminent danger, and sent dozens of officers to investigate. They say they’re happy to report the girl was found safe, but it did mean those officers were taken away from other necessary duties.
The Juvenile Aid Unit is now handling the investigation into those allegations.
Update: 9:27 p.m. Thursday 11-11-2021: The girl has been found safe and the Amber Alert has been cancelled.
UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Utica Police Department has activated the New York State AMBER Alert for a child abduction that happened near Arthur Street and Steuben Street, in Utica at about 5:15 pm Thursday.
Police are searching for a white female with brown hair and brown eyes. She is 5′ 2″ and weighs about 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing Black sweatpants, a black hooded sweatshirt with a Ralph Lauren logo, and white sneakers.
The suspect is a white male and was last seen wearing dark clothing with a mask in an unknown white vehicle. The vehicle was last seen traveling North on Steuben Street.
Police say the girl was taken under circumstances that lead police to believe that they are in imminent danger of serious harm or death. Anyone with any information on this abduction is asked to call the Utica Police Department at 315-735-3301 or 911 to provide information on a report or sighting.