A walk with friends turned into an abduction in broad daylight for one Texas teen.
Keidra Kirby was walking home in the heavily populated Glenn Heights neighborhood of Dallas with friends on Saturday when a van pulled up and two masked men snatched her and put her in the back before a third drove off.
An Amber Alert immediately followed her father reporting the kidnapping, with members of the Texas Rangers, FBI and National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the manhunt to find the 17-year-old.
“The fact that they did this in broad daylight is astounding,” said Glenn Heights Sgt. David Jackson.
Nearly 12-and-a-half hours after her disappearance, Kirby called her grandmother at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday to say she was safe and report her whereabouts.
Police picked her up in Southwest Dallas, near the I-20 and US Highway 67 intersection, shortly after.
“At this point, all we know is she seems to be in good health,” said Jackson.
After investigators interviewed Kirby following her rescue, Glenn Heights Police Chief Phillip Prasifka said her return was “heartwarming news for her family, the Glenn Heights community, the department and the city.”
The investigation continues in the search of the two masked assailants that grabbed Kirby and a third man inside the van, which was described as white with dark tinted windows, dual rear doors and an empty equipment rack on top.
“We’re healing,” her mother, Tawanna Kirby, said. “Our daughter is healing. Please understand we do want privacy at this time.”
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