What started off as a normal school day for 14-year-old Heather Mashaw turned into a nightmare. She was abducted late Monday afternoon as she walked home from school. Two men grabbed her and forced her into the back seat of their black pick-up truck.
"I remember the whole time I just thought how am I going to get out of the car. This can't happen now. And as soon as they came to a stop they started to roll around the corner and I jumped out. It was the first escape I could do," says Mashaw.
Suffering minor physical injuries from the jump, Heather walked two miles to a friend's house. Her mom then took her to an area hospital.
The Stephenson County Sheriff's Department is investigating. They say it's extremely uncommon for a small town to experience a crime like this. Family members say just because they live in a rural setting, they are not immune from bad things.
Heather is back home healing from here injuries. But for this farming community of 500, healing from this crime may take some time. The suspects are described as white males in their twenties. Authorities are looking for a black mid-size pickup truck, possibly a Dodge, with gray or silver molding on the bottom. Authorities are asking for any tips you might have.