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Police: Abduction cases not connected

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  They're cases that have Columbus parents on guard-the abduction and attempted abduction of two little girls.

Last week, police say a 12-year-old girl was kidnapped at gunpoint when she was walking to East Columbus Magnet Academy. Officials in the Columbus Police Department's Sex Crimes Unit say she was sexually assaulted in nearby Belvedere Park before she was released.

Then, two days later, an 11-year-old girl reported being approached by a man who tried to entice her into his car while she was walking to school at Lonnie Jackson Academy

Investigators have been working overtime to crack the cases and at this point, they don't think the two are linked. So far, no arrests have been made.

With two possible predators still out there, parents are getting down to brass tacks with their kids.

"Most parents need to walk with their kids to school and watch them. When I take them, I walk them to the front door," said Derrick Burkes.

"I've been, more or less, going over the basics as far as if a stranger approaches you, what it is that you need to do and make sure you don't go with that person and let someone know if it's not your mom and dad and get away and find safety- tell you teacher, tell anyone you can find," Sharon Dennard said.

"It scares me as a parent because I have a 13-year-old daughter. I always tell her to keep her cell phone on her or yell if she doesn't know a person. We've been going over these things but now. I'm reiterating them more to her," added Michael Foote.

Right now, police say they are not able to provide a sketch of either suspect.

When it comes to the abduction and assault at East Columbus Magnet Academy, officials believe they're looking for a local man because of his familiarity with the area.

In that case, investigators also tell News Leader 9 they're looking for an elderly black woman who was parked near Belvedere Park at the time of the incident who they say may have seen something.

Coverage You Can Count On will continue to bring you the latest on this developing story.

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