CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Investigators from the Cleveland Police Department and the FBI said a $10,000 reward is being offered for any tips or details that will lead to the person(s) responsible for the abduction of a 6-year-old girl from the 3000 block of West 104th Street.
Authorities said they have been working nonstop since the Saturday, May 21 abduction of the little girl.
Police emphasized that they are interested in any information regarding a white man who may have been seen in the area at the time. Police said the man wore a red or maroon hoodie, has at least one tattoo and stands 5'10" tall. The victim gave very specific descriptions.
Surveillance footage released Tuesday showed a man carrying the 6-year-old to a car at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.
The 6-year-old was released from Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Monday evening.
She was taken there to be checked out after going missing from her home. The child was last seen around 4 a.m. Saturday and was reported missing to police at 2:30 p.m.
Officers searched the neighborhood using canines and helicopters. The FBI also got involved.
At 9:30 p.m., officers received information that the girl had been found at a home several miles away in the 13800 block of Lyric Ave.
Police said after interviewing the victim, they determined that she was taken from a second-story unit in the home by an unidentified white man. Detectives spent most of the day Monday going door-to-door and interviewing residents in the neighborhood.
"It breaks my heart to think of what this young girl went through while she was away from her family," said Commander James McPike of the Cleveland Police Department during a news conference Tuesday.
In that news conference, police released more details about the suspect and the house where the child was taken.
The little girl gave very specific descriptions. Police said the child told them a man and woman lived at the residence but she does not believe they saw her.
The description of the suspect's bedroom is very specific. There was some kind of mural, wallpaper or a picture on the wall that had a moose or deer on it. There was grass and trees on the picture.
According to the victim's recollection, the woman was cooking on Saturday and knocked on the bedroom door telling her abductor that she was cooking. The 6 year-old was told to hide while the suspect was interacting with the other adults in the residence.
Police have no reason to believe the two had any knowledge of the victim being in the bedroom. Police would like the two to call the authorities immediately.
The victim also described two dogs in the home, one white and one brown, she said.
Police say the suspect may have been seen lurking in the area of West 104th and Western Avenue -- the same place where a surveillance tape of the abduction was captured -- one week before.
"Every little bit of information that you can feed back to the division and to our partners at the FBI is helpful in getting a very, very dangerous person off of our streets," said Chief Calvin Williams of the Cleveland Police.
Police say they are still providing special patrols near the little girl's home.
Anyone with information regarding this incident or the identity of the suspect is asked to call a special hotline at 216-622-6842.
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