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Kenova abduction attempt similar to 3 others

KENOVA, W.Va. -- The attempted abduction of a 10-year-old boy in Kenova is similar to three other incidents that occurred in the area in 2012, Police Chief Ray Mossman said.

The boy told Kenova police that a cargo van pulled up behind him Saturday as he was riding his bicycle. The boy said a man in the van asked him if he needed a ride. He refused and ran when the man started to get out of the van.

Descriptions of the van, the male driver and a male passenger are similar to information gathered during investigations of the earlier abduction attempts, which included two in Kenova in February 2012 and one in Wayne County in April 2012, Mossman said.

No arrests have been made in those incidents.

The van's driver is described as between 50 and 60 years old, and having a flat-top haircut and a long, gray beard. The passenger is described as having a chest-length, salt-and-pepper beard and a barbed wire tattoo on one of his wrists.

Mossman said the vehicle is described as a 1985 Ford cargo van that is spray painted black with a flat gray primer and has a loud exhaust. There might not be windows in the cargo area.

He said the boy told police that the license plate had the number 6 on it.

Investigators passed out fliers to businesses in Kenova on Sunday containing the descriptions of the van and the suspects.

The Kenova Police Department is asking anyone with information about the latest attempted abduction to all the department at 304-453-1281.

 


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