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A woman says she was abducted from her hometown of Ventura, California by a man in a blue van and after two days of continuous traveling, was able to escape at the Flying J truck stop in Rocker around 10 p.m. Monday night.

Butte police have asked authorities elsewhere in Montana to be on the lookout for a blue van with Montana plates and a back window broken out, Undersheriff George Skuletich said Tuesday. It might have been headed toward Bozeman late Monday night.

Police don’t have an age range on the suspect but say he is 5-foot-6, has a gray beard, is balding and has a tattoo on his abdomen showing a skull with flames coming out.

The woman, 31, said she was walking along a road in Ventura when a man in a van pulled up and asked if she needed a ride. She said yes, got in, and there was a male passenger inside, too.

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That man got out somewhere in Arizona, she said, and the driver continued on to Montana. The police report does not indicate that they stopped except to get gas.

When the van was at the Flying J just west of Butte, the woman grabbed her belongings, got out and told a woman outside she had been abducted, police say. The driver came back to the van and told her to get back inside, but the other woman helped her inside the store and called police.

The woman told police the driver had a gun that looked like a semi-automatic pistol, but she knew it was a BB gun.

The driver had asked others at the Flying J for directions to Bozeman so police think he may have headed that way. Ventura is a coastal city about 70 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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