UPDATE: POLICE investigating a report a young girl was sexually touched by a man after being taken from the backyard of a home in Taree have confirmed the incident did not occur.
Following investigations, including forensic examinations and speaking with a number of people, detectives have since confirmed that the report was false.
The girl has been spoken to by police and offered support services.
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EARLIER: Investigations are underway after a 12-year-old girl was allegedly abducted from her home in NSW and taken to nearby bushland where she was assaulted.
Police were called to a home on Telopea Drive in Taree about 6.30am on Wednesday, after after a resident reported that a child from the neighbourhood had arrived at the home.
A short time later, the 12-year-old girl was reported missing by her mother.
Officers took the girl home and were told that she was grabbed from behind while she was in the backyard of her home in Taree, taken to nearby bushland, and sexually touched by an unknown man, earlier that morning.
Detectives from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad have launched an investigation into the alleged incident and have since established crime scenes at the Taree home and in bushland on Telopea Drive, which have been examined by specialist forensic officers.
Detectives say they want to speak to a man, who is described only as wearing a hooded jumper.
Investigators are also appealing for anyone who was in the area or may have dashcam footage around Mudford Street and Telopea Drive between 5.30am and 6.30am yesterday to contact Taree Police Station on 02 6552 0399 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
The girl is currently in the care of family.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.