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Published 10:38pm Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Someone must know something.

Someone should recognize the detailed description of a man who abducted an 11-year-old Carrollton girl on Oct. 2, taking her to two different rural locations — including one possibly in Suffolk — and then sexually assaulting her during the course of the four-hour abduction. The girl’s highly specific description of the places where she was assaulted should sound familiar to someone.

That’s what sheriff’s department officials in Isle of Wight believe, at least, and they’ve renewed their call for help in tracking down the man responsible for the brutal attacks.

In an effort to increase awareness of the details and, it is hoped, jog the memories of people in the area who might recognize them and help police find the assailant, police have issued the following information, which we share here to help in that effort:

The girl reported her attacker was an older white male, possibly in his 40s, of medium build, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing 175 pounds, with short blond hair and a thin blond beard with gray in a strip from his temples across his chin and no mustache.

He has bushy blond eyebrows, blue eyes, large full lips, teeth that are slightly yellowed, a wide nose, small hands with short fingers, and freckles covering his entire face and body.

The girl also reported he wore small, round, brown eyeglasses low on his nose, cut-off blue jean shorts, a tan T-shirt and brown and blue tennis shoes.

The girl did not see any tattoos or piercings. He was a nonsmoker and a slow speaker.

His car, a 1995-2001 two-door Chevrolet Cavalier, was gray or silver with black and gray interior, leather or vinyl seats, manual roll-up windows and some pieces missing from a section of cracked dash. It was newer-looking outside but older-looking inside.

Inside the car were three homemade clay sculptures — one star-shaped and painted with black stripes and the others green and pink, possibly made by children.

Officers also are seeking the location of one of the assaults. It is an old, abandoned, two-story, wood-framed house. It has no shingles on the roof and is partially collapsing, and an old sofa can be seen through a collapsed wall.

The home is about 200 yards from the paved road but can be seen from the road. The sheriff’s office noted the 200-yard distance is the child’s estimate. There are discarded HVAC units in the rear yard.

Across the road from the abandoned house are newer homes. The closest one is a well-kept, two-story white house, with red shutters and a gray roof. There is a new wooden fence around the backyard, but no fencing around the front yard. An SUV was parked in the driveway of the newer home.

If any of this sounds familiar, call the Isle of Wight Sheriff’s Department at 365-6290 or email tips@iwus.net. If you see the car or the man, get a tag number and call 911.

Someone can help break this terrible case.

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