May 6, 2013 9:09 PM by Nathan O'Neal

Search for suspect in attempted Vail kidnapping continues, community on high alert

VAIL - The search continues for a man, deputies say, tried to kidnap a 13-year-old girl on Sunday while she was walking to a friend's house near the area of East Mary Cleveland Way and East Colossal Cave Road.

Pima County Sheriff's Deputies describe the suspect as a white man, between 20-30 years old and 5'9" with brown hair and a thin build.

The girl got away unharmed but on Monday, the community was on high alert.

"It scares me and it really breaks my heart," said Tanya Huskey, a mother of five, who was picking up one of her kids from a Vail school not too far from where the attempted abduction occurred. She said the thought of losing one of her kids, like 5-year-old Melissa, is unbearable.

"It does change my thoughts just because it's just one child... But think of it being more than one child... It could me mine, it could be yours," Huskey told News 4 Tucson.

Huskey was not alone in her concerns on Monday, as schools in the Vail Unified School District had extra adults on duty as students arrive and left campuses, providing more sets of eyes just in case.

"All of our staff has been made aware of the situation," said John Carruth, Assistant Superintendent for VUSD.

Carruth said that the district's security measures vary from school to school, but that they are re-evaluating their safety policies in light of recent events.

"Our primary concern as it is every day is to make sure that our students are safe and that we're cooperating with other local officials to make sure that our community is safe," Carruth said.

As for Huskey, she said it's both the parent's and community's responsibility to teach kids to remain aware of their surroundings.

"I'm always looking out for my kids and if I see other kids that don't have an adult around them... I'm always asking if they're okay and if they have an adult with them," Huskey said.

Sheriff's deputies ask that if you recognize the man depicted in the composite sketch, or know any details that could help law enforcement in this case, to call 9-1-1 or 88-CRIME.


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