A missing girl last seen being dragged by her hair at the hands of an unknown assailant has sparked a massive search in Los Angeles, but police admit more questions than answers remain after the disturbing sight was called in to police.
The missing girl was reportedly dragged by her hair into “brush,” the Los Angeles Times reports, but little else is known about the situation.
According to witnesses, the missing girl dragged by her hair in their view may have been as young as 13, or she may have been a “small woman.” The young man dragging her away appeared to be between the ages of 16 and 18, but those who witnessed and reported the crime were unnerved enough to call police and prompt the search despite the fact no disappearances matching the profile of the possible-teen had been previously reported.
Lt. Andy Neiman explains that the missing girl dragged by her hair was seen at a recreation center before she was assaulted and that an altercation between the apparent victim and her assailant ensued before the possible abduction:
“That argument escalated to the point where the male struck the female at least once in the face and then began to drag her up into the brush area by the hair.”
Police Chief Charlie Beck confirmed that witnesses reported seeing the man remove some of the girl’s clothing and that a search of the area revealed sneakers and leggings.
Beck said that the circumstances behind the apparent abduction were unclear, but the department was obligated to investigate fully:
“My hope is that this was a dispute that was resolved in some way, but we have to treat everything like it’s the real deal.”
Police say a search of the area in which the girl was observed being dragged by her hair was “90 percent” complete.