CARROLLTON--Some Isle of Wight parents say they'll be extra careful as their children return to school Thursday after an 11-year-old girl was abducted at a school bus stop and sexually assaulted, according to authorities.
Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Kristin Wilda said the student, who attends Westside Elementary School, was abducted around 8:00 a.m. in a Carrollton neighborhood off Route 17 between Brewer's Neck Blvd. and the Crittenden Bridge.
Wilda says the man in a white Chevy Coupe drove her to two locations and sexually assaulted her before dropping her back off at the bus stop.
The girl called her parents around 12:30 p.m. and was taken to Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters for treatment.
The child said her abductor was an older, white man with a blondish or gray beard, blonde hair, blue eyes, cut-off jean shorts and tennis shoes.
Investigators increased their patrols and Va. State Police and the FBI are involved in the case.
Tim Nunez says of his daughter, "She's never rode a bus and we're definitely not going to start now."
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK U-UP.
An Alert Now message was sent out Wednesday afternoon:
Good Afternoon Isle of Wight County Schools Families,
This is Kenita Bowers calling from the Isle of Wight County Schools Communications Department to inform you that we have been notified of an incident involving the alleged abduction of a Westside Elementary student that took place today before school hours in the Carrollton area of the county. An investigation is underway by the Isle of Wight County Sheriff's Office at this time and they have assured us that there will also be an increased presence of law enforcement through out the county.
Student safety remains a top priority for Isle of Wight County Schools so in addition to working with law enforcement, our bus drivers will also be on high alert to report any unusual incidents that they observe. We encourage you to talk with your children about how to respond if a stranger ever approaches them. Please continue to be diligent in keeping a close eye on your children's whereabouts as well as remind them of personal expectations when they are outdoors in an unsupervised area. Below you will find some common safety rules and practices that may be helpful:
1. Do not talk to strangers or walk to an unknown vehicle at the driver's request. 2. Never accept anything from a stranger.
3. Walk with an adult or group of friends to and from the bus stop.
4. Follow appropriate walking routes and stay in well-lit areas.
5. Go directly home after school, and check in with your parent upon arrival.
6. Tell a trusted adult if approached by an unknown person or presented with an uncomfortable situation.
Any additional questions regarding this incident should be directed to the Isle of Wight County Sheriff 's Office.