DETECTIVES from the Child Abuse Squad are appealing for public assistance after receiving a report of the kidnapping and sexual assault of a teenage girl at Gwynneville.
The 13-year-old girl told police on Wednesday that on an afternoon in early May she had got off a shuttle bus when was forced into a van while walking along Gipps Road, Gwynneville, near the intersection of Eastern Street. At the time she was wearing her school sports uniform and carrying her backpack.
The girl further reported that she was driven to a secluded location where she was sexually assaulted. The van was then driven to the vicinity of Robsons Road where she was allowed to leave the vehicle.
Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad’s Wollongong team have formed Strike Force Eltanin to investigate the incident and are appealing for anyone with information to assist them to come forward.
The van was described as being white in colour with black writing on the side, no windows on the side or back, tinted front windows and a sliding side door.
The driver was described as being of Caucasian appearance with tanned skin, aged in his mid 30s, with a medium build, short dark cropped hair and a small goatee. He was wearing an olive green T-shirt and dark denim jeans.
Anyone with information to assist police should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.