Student repots abduction on campus
Marcus Clem | editor in chief
Details have not yet been released regarding the alleged abduction of a female student from campus on Tuesday, Sept. 24.
The student told police that she was taken from an area near Overman Student Center that afternoon.
Pittsburg Police found her on a street east of Pittsburg after she called for help, according to a press release from the university.
Widespread claims on social media and elsewhere that police were searching for a black Dodge Charger are false, police say.
The student’s identity and that of any potential suspect is not yet released.
The student was taken to Via Christi Health for treatment of minor injuries.
“We believe this is an isolated incident,” said Capt. Mike McCracken, director of university police and co-emergency manager, “and are following up on all leads at this time.”
McCracken acknowledged that details have not been forthcoming, but said that time is needed for further investigation.
“The initial response to any alleged crime is a delicate time for investigators,” he said. “You want to be certain you are able to gather all pertinent information without compromising your investigation.”
RAVE inaugural use
A general alert was issued after the report throughout campus at 5:29 p.m. Tuesday, marking the first time that the new RAVE system, installed in the spring, saw its use for an actual alert.
A second alert was sent at 5:41 p.m. announcing that the student had been located.
The system dials all phone numbers of students, staff and faculty and emails all gus.pittstate.edu and Zimbra addresses.
It also takes over the displays of all campus computers that are hard-linked into the system, such as those in the library or in campus offices, to deliver a full-screen alert.
The university also has the option of broadcasting a loudspeaker alarm, but this option was not used.
McCracken says the system worked to his satisfaction.
“It’s a huge improvement over our prior system,” he said.