Jocelyn Rojas, 5, is back with her family, thanks to two quick-thinking Pennsylvania teenagers.
Manheim police say the Lancaster township child was last seen playing outside her home when her mother reported her missing at 4:20 p.m. Thursday.
Over 100 police, firefighters and K-9 officers searched for the girl, says Lancaster Township Fire Chief Ron Comfort, but it was ultimately Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend who found Jocelyn around 6:48 p.m.
“Me and Chris, which is another boy who helped me, we were riding around,” on our bikes, Boggs told ABC’s Harrisburg affiliate. ”We noticed his car and the car had the little girl in it.”
Boggs told ABC27 that he and his friend recognized Jocelyn from her description and proceeded to follow the car for about 15 minutes before it stopped.
“If he wasn’t gonna stop, I was probably gonna jump in the middle of the car,” said Boggs to ABC27. “As soon as the guy started noticing that we were chasing him, he stopped at the end of the hill and let her out and she ran to me and said that she needed her mom.”
Police say Boggs stayed with Jocelyn until authorities arrived. According to ABC27, the child was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but police say she was unharmed.
Authorities are still searching for the kidnapper, who they describe as a 50- to 70-year old white male wearing green shoes, green pants and a red and white striped shirt. According to the police news release, he may have a disability and walks with a limp.
The vehicle in question is reported as red-purplish maroon, possibly a Chevy, with round tail lights.
Anyone with information related to this incident should contact Manheim Township Police Department at 717-569-6401 or on their tip line at 717-569-2816.