TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- ICC leaders confirm student not abducted from campus. Authorities continue looking in sexual assault allegations.
An ICC student reported Tuesday, August 28 that she had been taken from campus against her will and sexually assaulted.
After ICC campus police investigated the claims, they found the student left campus on her own free will.
Campus authorities have turned over their findings to local investigators to further look into the claim of sexual assault.
Originally, police at Itawamba Community College investigated the alleged abduction from the Tupelo campus.
Authorities said a student reported that she was taken from the campus and sexually assaulted at an off campus location.
"I've been here for 20 years at the college, and this is the first incident of this nature," said Buddy Collins, vice president of student services.
Collins said he could not release any information right now about the person who is wanted for fear it would hinder the investigation.
Officials said they will use campus surveillance video to assist in the investigation.
News of the incident started to spread after college officials posted a statement about the incident on the campus website emergency information page. Students we talked to said they were surprised.
ICC has approximately 6,500 students, and leaders said student safety is of the utmost importance.
"This is not something we have had repetitive problems with or anything like that. We have three to four campus police officers on that campus at all times. So students need to feel safe on campus. This is just one of those very unfortunate isolated incidents," Collins said.
Meanwhile, officials listed several campus safety tips on the college's website under the emergency alert page.