Murray Police search for candy kidnapping suspect

Murray Police search for candy kidnapping suspect

(KUTV) Murray Police are still searching for a suspicious person who reportedly tried to lure a child into his car with candy.

The father of a two-year-old girl was walking the streets bright and early Monday morning after a scary Sunday afternoon.

The mother of the child overheard a man talking to their two-year-old and offering the child candy near their home in 6500 South 1350 East in Murray, according to Sgt. Howzer with Murray Police.

It happened around 5:00 p.m.

"I thought I was going to lose my daughter," said Sacia Ames, who had walked away from her daughter to help their youngest retrieve a sippy cup she has dropped.

Ames says she returned moments later to see a stranger, who appears to be in his 40's, holding their child's hand.

When the man saw the mom he let go of the child's hand and hopped in his car and drove off, police say.

The parents called police and the man drove off in a old, silver Hyundai Elantra toward 1300 East.

The dad, who was inside at the time, told 2News on Monday morning that he didn't recognize the description of the car having been around before. Concerned neighbors spoke out the follow day saying they have never seen activity like this in their neighborhood.

The child was unharmed.

The suspect is described as a heavy-set, middle-aged man. He was wearing a gray t-shirt, blue jeans and a tan baseball hat.

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