Some local kids start the day off at the playground of Riverton Chase Park when a man with different ideas approaches.
It's 7:52 AM when he makes his move and grabs one of the girls.
Not knowing what was going to happen, Julie Merrick and Amy Robbins were brought in to witness the mock abduction.
When the first patrol officer rolled up at 8:09, they admit, they weren't much help.
"A scary thought, to think that I had watched and I could provide a few little details, but nothing that felt extremely helpful," says Robbins.
Both witnesses say emotions and the initial shock clouded the details and left them second guessing.
"I just told Amy I feel like I should have taken off running to either get a better description or see if he got in a car, because we didn't see what they did after they went over the ridge," says Merrick.
The girl’s friends who were with her at the park and her mother identified the victim at 8:45. By that time the Utah Child Abduction Response Team or CART, made up of about 30 Salt Lake County law enforcement agencies was activated.
"Today what we are doing is practicing our skills, bringing all of the field teams in and basically going through exactly what we do in the case of an actual abduction," says Chief Ken Wallentine, of the Law Enforcement Office of the Utah Attorney General.
About 150 team members responded to set up and provide support at an emergency operations center, a mobile command post and a volunteer services center.
"The strong premise behind the Child Abduction Response Team is having people pre-trained and prepared to get into the field as quickly as possible when there is a report of a child abduction," says Wallentine.
At 11:00 AM the suspect’s vehicle was found abandoned with the victim's hoodie inside.
A few minutes later a tip comes in the suspect was seen dragging the girl on a trail near Jordan Parkway.
Sensing police are hot on his trail the suspect abandons the victim at Dr. O. Roi Hardy Park.
Police find the victim at the park and caught up with the suspect not far away...
A made up scenario, with a very real lesson.
"I think that I need to be more observant of the surroundings that are around me," says Merrick.
Utah CART is one of only 18 certified teams in the entire country. That's why law enforcement agencies from Utah, Arizona and Iowa were observing today's training as they look to implement teams where they work.