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Police in York County still investigating attempted child lurings

Updated: Wednesday, October 16 2013, 07:43 PM CDT
Reported by: Christina Butler

HANOVER -- Police in Penn Township, York County, say they continue to consider two reports about possible child abductions credible.

The first happened Sunday afternoon along Amanda Avenue. Police say around 2:30, a 9-year-old girl was outside in the 100 block when a green van approached her. It's described as a work-type van, possibly a Ford E-Series, with no side windows. There may have been rust on the bottom of the van.

Penn Township's police chief tells CBS 21 the driver of the van said something to the girl to try to get her to come closer to the van.  The girl was able to run into bushes and hide, and then tell police what happened. She believes there could have been a woman in the van, along with possibly a younger girl.

There were other children in the neighborhood who were not with the girl when the incident happened but reported witnessing an event similar to what the girl described.

In the second case, a 14-year-old boy describes a similar driver and van, but says the man was by himself. Police say the boy had missed his school bus Monday morning and was walking to school when the van pulled up next to him and the driver offered him a ride.

It was 6:25 in the morning, so it was still dark, but police say the boy was still able to describe the driver as a white male with a shaved head. That was the same description the girl gave police less than 24 hours earlier.

The two locations are less than three miles apart.  Penn Township police have increased their patrols, especially around schools. They are encouraging children to not walk by themselves.

Parents should also be extra cautious and call police if they see anything suspicious.Police in York County still investigating attempted child lurings


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