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Attempted abduction rattles small town, neighbors react

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Reports of an attempted abduction in a small NW Iowa town have Lyon County authorities on the look out tonight.

The incident happened Wednesday around noon in Little Rock, IA, and involves an older woman.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office tells KSFY a 61 year-old woman was outside her home when an older man approached her and tried forcing her into his car.

The suspect is being described as a man in his 60s, 6'2'' and 250 lbs. He has long hair and a gray-brown beard. He was believed to be driving a small, older-looking car with a white top.

In the small town of Little Rock, IA, not much happens. People who live there admit they like it that way.

But when an older woman reported an attempted abduction to Lyon County authorities, it shook the town.

"I've been here for five years and nothing like this has ever been reported as far as anything like that going on," Tina Malsam said.

Tina Malsam said after the incident was reported, a sheriff came by to let her know what's going on and that it happened just down the block.

Even though the woman is in her early 60s, Tina has four kids and is feeling uneasy.

"I don't know if he thinks it's easier than a child, it's just kinda scary regardless," Malsam said.

"That's why we live in NW Iowa because that stuff doesn't happen here. You're afraid those things might in a bigger city but in a small town it doesn't," Lois Schilling said.

Lois Schilling lives a few houses down and knows even in a small town, you can never be too careful.

"You need to be aware those things do happen even if it is a small community, you always need to take precautions and always need to be safe," Schilling said. "You're always hearing about a child abduction, you don't ever hear about older people. It just affects everyone, very scary."

The schools in Little Rock and the surrounding area told the students about the incident both Wednesday and Thursday. Administrators sent messages to the parents encouraging them to talk with their kids in an effort to keep people aware, and safe.

If you've seen a man matching the description above or have any information or leads into the investigation, you're asked to call the Lyon County Sheriff's Office at (712) 472-8300.

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