I am amazed at how many parents allow little ones to walk alone. About ten years back, we had a van attempt to get an elementary school girl to get into the vehicle on our street. A residential street literally one block away from the school. Most people were frightened but I did see two kids (one kindergarten age and the sibling was about 2nd grade) walking up the street, ALONE, the next morning. The next morning after the incident! The parents had to know since the school sent home a letter from the principal and sent a telephone message.
I think people feel that kids in a group are safer. Perhaps that is true but I know little kids are horrible witnesses. Ask a child info about an abductor.. you get, “he was big” or the “car was white”. All adults are big and all cars are simply just cars. Even if this girl was abducted right in front of her friends, there would be very little factual info for the police. The fact that the backpack was found miles away from where the girl was supposed to be is not a good sign to me at all. I pray I am wrong.
It was only a couple of blocks in the late morning when people were going to work. She was 10 years old. Times have changed, I guess.
We adults need to pay attention more.