Police and parents are paying extra attention to children following a reported abduction attempt in Wood River earlier this week. Wood River Police say they were notified Tuesday afternoon that a 6th grade boy was approached as he was walking home from school by a man in a car near North Sixth Street and Halloran Avenue. The man apparently tried to get the boy in the vehicle.
The incident took place just before 4:30pm Tuesday when a blue or purple vehicle with tinted windows approached the boy as he was walking home after school. The boy said the male driver told him to get into the car and the boy dropped his belongings and ran home. His mother called police shortly after, and then notified school officials on Wednesday. The child attends Lewis and Clark Junior High School in the Wood River-Hartford Elementary School District, and the incident took place just a few blocks from the school. School officials and police urge parents to remind their children what to do if they are approached by strangers. Police have stepped up patrols around school zones and school officials sent a note home notifying parents of the incident.
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