2 females in van try to abduct boy, 12, in southeast Edmonton, police say

The suspect vehicle was described as a black or dark grey Sprinter-style cargo van, similar to an Amazon delivery van, Edmonton police say. (motortion/stock.adobe.com - image credit)

Two females in a van reportedly tried to abduct a 12-year-old boy in southeast Edmonton earlier this week and investigators are hoping for tips to track them down, police say.

The boy was walking home Thursday evening along 38th Avenue, in the Woodvale area, police say. Shortly after 7:15 p.m., near the 55th Street intersection, a black or dark grey Sprinter-style cargo van — police called it similar to an Amazon-style delivery van — approached the boy.

Two females — whose ages were not specified — were inside. One of them exited the vehicle and told the youth to get in, but the boy fled home, police say.

The woman who reportedly spoke to the boy was described as white and has a "medium build," police say. She appeared to be 30 years old, had shoulder-length brown hair and, at the time, was wearing a black dress.

Police are asking anyone who may have witnessed suspicious activity, involving a vehicle as described, to contact them at 780-423-4567, or #377 from a mobile phone.

People can also send information anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 1-800-222-8477.