Police say Abigail Berthoff was abducted sometime between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6:00 a.m. Wednesday.
Poplar Bluff Police Dept.
Jeffrey D. Shelton was reported to be driving a silver 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with Missouri license PJ8Z5M.
Authorities said she was believed to be with 45-year-old Jeffrey D. Shelton. He is 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, with green eyes and brown hair.
POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KCTV) -
An Amber Alert has been rescinded for a 5-year-old girl who was believed to have been abducted from her Poplar Bluff home by a registered sex offender.
The girl was found safe and the suspect was taken into custody in Butler County near Poplar Wednesday afternoon.
Poplar Bluff police said about 7 a.m Wednesday they were dispatched to 2106 Wood Street regarding a missing juvenile.
When officers arrived they contacted Eva Crawford, the missing child's mother, who said her 5-year-old daughter, Abigail Bertholf, was missing.
The mother last saw Abigail asleep on the couch in the living room of her home.
The Poplar Bluff and Butler County Major Case Squad was activated and responded to the scene. Additional help from the FBI also responded from Cape Girardeau and St. Louis.
Police said Jeffrey Dean Shelton, a registered sex offender, was seen with Abigail about 06:30 a.m. Wednesday driving a silver 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with Missouri license plate PJ8-Z5M.
According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry, Shelton is a registered sex offender convicted in 1990 of kidnapping, rape, two counts of sodomy and attempted kidnapping in Fort Hood, TX.
Abigail is described as a bi-racial girl with brown hair and green eyes.
Officers described Shelton as 6' tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and green eyes.
Poplar Bluff Police Capt. Dave Sutton told KAIT-TV that Shelton and the child are not related. He says the suspect was seen leaving the street where the girl lives with the child by his side.
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