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Spotsylvania missing child alert canceled, but search continues

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Virginia State Police have canceled a missing child alert out of Spotsylvania County.

Investigators have not been able to identify a specific child who is missing so it doesn't meet the criteria for an official Amber alert.

Even so, Captain Jeff Pearce of the Spotsylvania County Sheriff's office says officers from several different law enforcement agencies will continue to look for the child a neighbor says was forced into a blue van in the Holleybrooke subdivision Thursday.

Officers have recovered a black BMX bike witnesses say they saw a boy riding in the area. One witness told police the teenager used that bike to try and fend off the abductor but wasn't able to, and he was thrown kicking and screaming into the van.

The suspect is described as an Hispanic man, 25 to 30 years old, 5'8" to 6' tall, 200 pounds, with thick black two-toned hair. He was driving a blue work van with a missing window out of the right rear door. There is also primer on the back.

Even though the alert has been lifted, detectives are still manning the tipline too. That number is 540-507-7200.

Statement from Virginia State Police on cancellation of Endangered Child Alert:

"The Endangered Child Alert for the Spotsylvania County incident has been cancelled in compliance with the program guidelines. The Alert is only to be run for 24 hours and the 24 hour window expired a short while ago. This does not mean the search/investigation into the incident has ceased. For the latest on the efforts to locate the child, please contact the lead investigative agency – Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office."

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