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VSP cancels search for missing boy, Spotsylvania still investigating

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SPOTSYLVANIA, VA (WWBT) -

Virginia State Police have called off the search for a missing boy in Spotsylvania.

VSP canceled the alert because no one stepped forward to identify the child.

The Spotsylvania Sheriffs Office said they will continue to search for the boy, take hotline calls and investigate any leads. Once they have exhausted all leads, they will scale down the search.

The witness told police he saw a boy trying to get away on a bike, when a man dragged him into a van. The van then sped through a stop sign and hasn't been found since.

Police held a press conference Friday morning with the latest details, but say no parents have come forward yet claiming their child is missing. They have received several leads, but haven't been able to find the child, suspect or vehicle. The bicycle was found with a flat rear tire near the scene.

Police say the boy was on Hollybrooke Drive in Spotsylvania when the work van pulled up near him Thursday afternoon. The witness said the boy was pulled into the van, kicking and screaming.

The suspect in the investigation is described as wearing a dark tank top and dirty pants. Police say he is a Hispanic male, standing 5'10" to 6' tall and weighing 180-200 pounds. The witness said his clothes were dirty, which may be due to several construction projects in the neighborhood.

Officers are searching for a blue full-size work van that has two rear doors. The right rear door has a missing window and the left rear door has a tinted window. Witnesses say they had seen van in the neighborhood several times this week.

The boy is described as a white male, about 12 to 13 years old, 5'1" tall, about 70 to 80 pounds, wearing a red and white striped pullover shirt with blue cargo pants. Police believe the boy may be in danger.

Police say they are investigating this as a possible abduction, even though no one has filed a missing persons report.

Spotsylvania officers, Virginia State Police and even the FBI are all involved in this case. 

If you have any information about this possible abduction, contact the Spotsylvania Police Department at 540-507-7200 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453. (1-800-vachild).

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