Sheriff’s Office neglects attempted abduction report for 6 days

DRIPPING SPRINGS, Texas (KXAN) — Due to an administrative error, Hays County authorities took six days to notify parents about an attempted abduction at a bus stop in Dripping Springs.

Hays County Sheriff’s Office officials said a mistake was made after the initial report was filed on May 2 by the mother of the 12-year-old girl who said she was approached by a strange man in a white car as she walked home from her bus stop after school.

The press release notifying the public about the incident was not released until May 8, six days later.

A sheriff’s office spokesperson said detectives are now devoted to the case and finding the suspect whom the girl said was driving a damaged, late model, white, 4-door, passenger car. The suspect is described as a heavy set, 45 to 50-year-old white male wearing glasses.

The girl’s mother said her daughter has to walk seven minutes to make it from her home to the school bus stop where she is picked up and dropped off.

Dripping Springs ISD is already making changes to some of their bus routes in the rural Harmon Hills neighborhood in wake of the incident. The director of the district’s transportation department said bus drivers will be asked to get close enough to have “line of sight,” from where they drop a student off to the student’s home.

They went on to say they constantly evaluate and make adjustments to bus routes when necessary. According to the transportation department, buses are unable to drop students off right at their door because some homes are set on dead ends, making it difficult to turn the bus back around.

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