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February 02, 2016

Abington, Upper Dublin residents warned after jogger loses handgun

Police in Montgomery County are warning residents to be on the lookout for a lost handgun. 

An Upper Dublin woman on Saturday told police she lost her handgun while running in the Ardsley and North Hills sections of Upper Dublin and Abington townships. 

Officers have searched three different times for the weapon to no avail.

On Tuesday, the Abington School District alerted families that township police were notifying the community about the lost gun and asking residents to be on the lookout for it.

The woman's route took her north on Fitzwatertown Road to Susquehanna Road, east to Maple Road, then south to Limekiln Pike and west to Fitzwatertown Road, Abington police said in its safety notification. Officers with the department searched along the route with K-9 units and could not find the gun.

That stretch of Fitzwatertown Road is the dividing line between the two townships. Good Shepherd Regional Catholic School, at Fitzwatertown Road and North Hill Avenue in Ardsley, is located along the runner's route.

On Monday, a secondary search for the weapon was conducted, and the weapon was still not found, the Abington police release said.

At 3 p.m. Tuesday an Upper Dublin officer, who did not give his name, said the investigation was ongoing. 

"It appears the gun was misplaced," he said.

Abington police reminded residents to use extreme caution if they find the gun and notify them immediately at 267-536-1100.

"This also is another opportunity to talk to your children about GUN SAFETY, informing them to NEVER touch a gun, and immediately notify an adult if you see one," the release advises parents.