Police in East Alton now think a reported child abduction in the village Tuesday evening may not have been an abduction at all. Authorities say witnesses told them they saw an older man force a young teen into a van near Murray Street and Grand around 5pm.
In a statement, police say they were notified of the alleged incident not long after it took place and began a search of the area. Police Chief Darren Carlton tells The Big Z they have not received any reports of a missing child.
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The victim is reported to be a white male, 13 or 14 years old, darker hair that was short on the sides and longer on top and was wearing a red polo shirt and blue jean shorts. Carlton says they have also checked with local schools, and all students matching that description are accounted for. If you have any information, you are asked to call East Alton Police at 259-6212.