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Men try to abduct children

Alissa Widman Neese • Jun 10, 2013 at 2:56 PM

A group of five men tried to lure two children into a van Sunday near Port Clinton High School, according to police.

A witness saw the slow-moving white van stop near two sisters, 8 and 10, at the intersection of East 10th and Jefferson streets at about 6:30 p.m., Port Clinton police Detective Corbin Carpenter said. 

Its driver told the eight-year-old he just bought a new puppy and asked if she would help him find it, according to a police report. The girls left the area and told their grandparents, who contacted police. They were unable to locate the van.

The girl described the van's driver as a white male with dark military-cut hair, wearing a light gray T-shirt. All of the men are estimated to be in their 20s or 30s. 

A witness described the white van as older, rusted near its wheels, with several windows. Its make and model is unknown.

Police are still searching for the suspects. They're distributing a flyer with information to local agencies and schools.

Anyone with information should call the Port Clinton Police Department, 419-734-3121.

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