Penn State police: No ‘substantial’ leads in reported kidnapping

Penn State police continue to investigate a reported kidnapping from Jan. 25, but no substantial leads have resulted, Chief Tyrone Parham said Friday.

Parham said police have spoken with a number of people, most of whom are students, and police will continue the increased presence of uniformed officers on night patrol.

Police have said they would review surveillance camera footage in the area of Shortlidge Road where the incident occurred.

A female student told police she was grabbed off a campus sidewalk around 1 a.m. on Shortlidge Road near Simmons Hall, forced into a car and driven off campus.

Police said the student was later forced out of the car, but she pushed one of the abductors away as they tried to sexually assault her.

Parham said people out at night should walk in groups and use the “Safe Walk” program, 865-WALK.

Anyone with information about the kidnapping is asked to call police at 863-1111.