EAST ALTON — Police are still investigating Tuesday's possible child abduction, but the police chief said Wednesday he thinks the incident may have involved a parent or guardian who was mad at his child.
A witness reported to police at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday that a man pulled a teenage boy into a van at Grand and Murray.
In a press release Tuesday, police described the van's driver as a white, short man who yelled at the victim before pulling him in the vehicle. His vehicle was described as a white, utility-type short van with a sliding side door, double doors in the rear and newspapers covering the windows.
Police Chief Darren Carlton said Wednesday afternoon that police are still stopping vehicles when they receive reports from the immediate area. After an Illinois State Police emergency broadcast Tuesday, police were checking vehicles matching the description in a much wider geographical region.
Carlton said there are no missing persons reports from East Alton.
"All the kids in our local schools are accounted for," he said.
"I'm tending to lean toward the fact that it was a parent or guardian that was mad at their kid, pulled up and grabbed them, and dragged them into the van," he said.
The victim was described as a white boy, age 13 to 14, short and thin, wearing a red polo shirt and blue jean shorts. He has dark brown hair that is longer on the top and shorter on the sides.
Anyone with information is asked to call the East Alton Police Department at (618) 259-6212.