Metro-East News

Possible child abduction in East Alton

East Alton police say there was a possible child abduction late Tuesday afternoon.

A witness reported that a short white man pulled a white boy around the age of 13 or 14 into a short van with newspaper covering the windows, according to a press release from police.

The man yelled at the boy twice before pulling him inside the vehicle, the witness said, though he did not catch the van’s license plate number, East Alton Police Chief Darren Carlton said.

The boy has dark brown hair, and he was wearing a red polo shirt and blue jean shorts. Police received the call at 5:15 p.m., but they did not have new information as of Wednesday, Carlton said.

Police were not ruling out the possibility that it had been the boy’s father who pulled the boy into the van. If that were the case, he would not be charged, Carlton said. No one has come forward to report a missing child.

The possible abduction took place near the intersection of Grand and Murray Streets, according to the release.

Casey Bischel: 618-239-2655, @CaseyBischel