Woman initially believed to be teen girl safe following abduction in Peru; suspect at-large

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PERU, Ill. — A woman who was initially believed to a teen girl is safe following an abduction Monday morning in Peru.

At around 5:05 a.m., authorities were informed of a kidnapping near Plum and 7th Street in Peru.

Multiple witnesses reported that they saw two men force a teen girl, approximately 14 to 16 years old, into a white pick-up truck with a topper.

In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Peru police announced that the victim is actually a woman in her 20s and was reported as a teen girl due to her small stature.

She was found safe in Peoria around 11 a.m. and authorities believe she was taken in a “domestic-related” abduction.

The suspect, identified by the FBI as Bobby Cross, 27, is believed to have some sort of previous relationship with the victim and is a convicted felon from a 2017 aggravated battery case.

He is currently at-large and believed to be in the Peoria area. The vehicle the woman was abducted in had two guns in it. The FBI said if located, do not approach.

The only piece of evidence left at the scene was a single pink sandal.

Size 7.5 and ‘ROUGE’ brand sandal

Tips can be reported anonymously at to the FBI at 312-421-6700 or Peru police at 815-223-2151.

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