DA: police “making significant progress” in girl’s abduction case

Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman says authorities are making “significant progress,” but there is still “a lot yet to do” before making an arrest in the abduction of a five-year-old girl.

Stedman said police are slowly questioning Jocelyn Rojas about what happened to her Thursday afternoon.

Rojas was playing outside of her home on the 100 block of Jennings Drive around 4:30 p.m. when she was taken.

Manheim Township Police Chief Neil Harkins said a man abducted her from her yard and took her out for ice cream. As of Friday night, they had questioned at least one “person of interest,” but have not released any other information.

The perpetrator is described as a Caucasian male between the age of 50 and 70 wearing green shoes, green pants and a red and white striped shirt. He may have been walking with a limp. 

Police believe he was driving a maroon or burgundy sedan, possibly a Chevy.

Harkins said his officer will now be going to area ice cream shops to see if anyone may have seen the man and girl. He said they will also be requesting surveillance video from anyone who may have outside surveillance cameras on their homes.

Two teenage boys have been credited with rescuing Rojas from her abductor. They followed a vehicle with a little girl in it for about 15 minutes before it stopped in the 1700 block of Betz Farm Lane.

“As soon as the guy started noticing that we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom,” said Temar Boggs.

Anyone with information on this incident is asked to call Manheim Township Police at (717) 569-6401 or their tip line at (717) 569-2816.

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