The girl was walking with a friend around 3:45 p.m. local time when a man driving a white SUV-style vehicle pulled up next to them.
He told James’ daughter that her brothers had been involved in a serious accident, and that she needed to come with him immediately.
Instantly wary, the young girl asked the man what the family’s “code word” was.
The man immediately drove off, apparently caught off-guard by the young girl’s request.
Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb commended the James family for having an action plan in place for situations like this very one.