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Spotsylvania missing child, possible abduction

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A boy described as about 12 years old was taken in Spotsylvania County Thursday afternoon and authorities Friday are on the lookout for a blue work van in connection with the possible kidnapping.

The scene near where the boy was taken into a van Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Jay Korff)

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Virginia State Police canceled an endangered missing child alert for the unidentified boy on Friday afternoon.

Spotsylvania authorities say the boy, who was wearing a red-and-white pullover with horizontal stripes and dark blue cargo shorts, was taken at about 1:30 p.m. near Smith Station Road and Holleybrooke Drive. He was described as 5-foot-2.

Ted Johnson lives just a few houses down from where the alleged kidnapping happened. He says you usually see children all over the place.

"Most of the kids will walk around by themselves, go up to the pool, and all that stuff, but today, you don't see anybody walking around."

A bike, which had a flat tire, was on the side of Hollybrooke Drive. Authorities say they're investigating whether the boy owned the bike.

Neighbors say it had been lying on the ground at least an hour and a half.

Police are now looking for a medium-blue, full-size work van, possibly a Ford or Chevy, that has a tinted window on the left rear door, no window on the right rear door, and repair work on the right rear door.

The driver of the van was described as a Hispanic man, 5-10 to 6-foot tall, 190-200 pounds, wearing a black tank top with black painter’s pants.

Authorities don't know if the boy was taken by a stranger or if it’s a case of "parental abduction."

Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

Police say this is a unique situation and they are taking it very seriously. A witness reported the incident Thursday. Police plan to go door to door Friday looking for clues in the case. The FBI is also assisting.

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