4 Dec 2013

Hunt for man who tried to abduct girl

5:53 pm on 4 December 2013

Police have released a description of the man suspected of trying to abduct a Timaru girl on Tuesday night.

They say the 13-year-old was grabbed as she was cycling along State Highway 8 near Sir Basil Arthur Park at 8pm.

She was dragged across a fence and into a bush, but the man ran off after a member of the public went to her rescue.

Police say they have completed a scene examination at the park in the suburb of Washdyke and have examined a Mazda hatchback found there.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marion Neill says the man sought is Caucasian with a dark complexion and clean-shaven. He has dark hair and is of solid build.

The man is believed to be in his 20s and was wearing a cap, a white hoodie with a grey triangular pattern and maroon jeans.

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward.