STAPLETON, Ga. — Two 12-year-old girls who disappeared a week ago while riding their bicycles on an isolated dirt road returned home here today saying they had been abducted by two men in a pickup truck and raped, officials said.
Robert Chalker, a member of a team that had searched for the girls, said Jessica Barrow and Elizabeth Tanner walked up to the Barrow home at 7:30 a.m.
The girls told authorities they had been abducted by two men who dropped them off in this small east Georgia town early today. A lookout was issued for the white Chevrolet pickup truck.
The girls also said they had been raped, according to Jefferson County dispatcher B. A. Lampp.
Search coordinator Ralph McGahee said the girls were questioned by sheriff's officers and taken to Jefferson County Hospital in Louisville for checkups. He said both appeared to be "in excellent shape."