Abbotsford police spokesman Const. Ian MacDonald said the department didn't know what to make of the report made by a passing motorist who saw a young girl, about six to 10 years old, lying on the side of the road near Enterprise Avenue and McCallum Road at 6:20 p.m. PT.
The motorist said the girl was wearing a pink jacket and didn't appear to be moving. A white man in his 40s, who had curly brown hair and was wearing jeans and a dark jean jacket was with her.
"The witness observed the man pick the girl up off the ground and carry her in the direction of a treed area just to the west of that location," MacDonald said in a written statement.
The witness is credible, MacDonald told CBC News, and the focus is now on locating the young girl.
"Abbotsford Police Department officers have been searching the area since receiving the report. No persons have been located. Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue are now joining the search," he said just after 9 p.m. PT
"Our shared priority is to ensure the well-being of the child."
Google Maps: Enterprise Ave. & McCallum Rd.