Northern B.C. RCMP search for suspect after kidnapping attempt on Highway 29

RCMP in northeast B.C. and northwest Alberta are searching for a man wanted in connection with an alleged kidnapping attempt of a road flagger on Highway 29.

The incident happened on Sunday morning around 9 a.m. Sunday near Szoo Road, around 40 kilometres west of Fort St. John. Police say a dark blue van with silver striping approached the lone female flagger, and an unknown man jumped out of the back doors and tried to pull her in.

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After a struggle, the man got back in the van, which drove off toward’s Hudson’s Hope, police said. The victim did not recognize the man, police said.

Fort St. John RCMP is investigating and canvassing property owners in the area for information and video surveillance.

The detachment has partnered with RCMP in Hudson Hope, Chetwynd, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson, and Grande Prairie, and traffic services members throughout northern B.C., to help identify and find the suspect and suspect van.

The van is described as:

- dark blue with silver striping
- chrome on front grille
- barn style rear doors

The suspect is described as:

- caucasian male
- approximately 5’9
- no accent when he spoke

“We're asking for anyone who was in the Charlie Lake area to try to remember if they saw a vehicle matching this description to call the RCMP,” Sgt. Joelle LaChance said.

“Your dash cam footage may be able to help us identify the suspect in this crime.”

Anyone with information is asked to call RCMP at 250-787-8140.

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