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Normal Police finds no evidence of attempted kidnappings near ISU campus

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NORMAL (Heart of Illinois ABC) -- Posts on social media about attempted kidnappings around Illinois State University campus have raised concerns from students.

Students said an individual driving around in a vehicle has been following students around campus.

Around 6 p.m. Monday night, Normal Police received a call from a woman about a man in a suspicious vehicle pulling up in front of her, but community service officer Brad Park said there's no evidence to back that up.

"We can't verify that there was any type of an abduction attempt," Park said. "We understand that the female victim was concerned for her safety."

Police couldn't describe any type of suspect and there are no reports of any attempted kidnappings over the last few weeks. But chief of ISU Police Aaron Woodruff still recommends that students take proper safety measures.

"Always remain vigilant and making sure you're paying attention to your surroundings," Woodruff said. "We have a number of safe walk features. We had in-person Redbird safe walk. We have a virtual safe walk on the safe Redbirds app."

Woodruff said anyone sees any suspicious activity around campus should call 911 immediately.

Darnysha Mitchell

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