Police say their attempted abduction case is unfounded - KCTV5

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Lee's Summit police say their attempted abduction case is unfounded

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GREENWOOD, MO (KCTV) -

Greenwood police are still looking for the man who a child said twice tried to lure the boy into a van over the weekend.

Police originally believed the same man may have attempted something similar in Lee's Summit but, after investigating, police there concluded that wasn't the case.

A man driving an older model Toyota minivan attempted to lure the boy into the van by asking for help finding his dog about 8:15 p.m. Friday. The boy was playing outside near 16th Avenue and Spruce Street in Greenwood.

The same child was in his driveway on Saturday, and the man drove by again. In both cases, the man asked for assistance. The child told authorities that the man stopped the first time but just drove by slowly the second time.

The man is described as a white man who was in his 40s or 50s. He has a light complexion, medium build and stands about 5'9" to 5'10" tall. He has a square face, dark brown hair and a goatee. His moustache is shorter than the goatee and the facial hair was not connected. The child said he had a possible skin condition on his cheeks, saying the skin was very dry and flaky looking.

The van is described as a dull brick red van with Kansas tags, no roof rack and Firestone tires. The child saw rust on the driver's side rear wheel well. The child also saw damage on the vehicle.

The vehicle had a red pine tree air freshener hanging from the rearview mirror. On the back window were the words "first anniversary," which were spelt out in two lines in pink-colored window marker that appeared to be about two months old.

If you have any information, call the Greenwood Police Department at 816-537-5020 or call the TIPS Hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

Lee's Summit police said Wednesday that they were working with Greenwood police to determine if a similar incident in Lee's Summit three weeks ago was related.

Police in Lee's Summit said they investigated their possible child luring case and found that it was actually a man and his son out selling Sonic baseball team fundraiser cards.

They have closed their case and say it's not related to the others in the metro, but that it is best to err on the side of caution.

"We're going to have kids walking to the pool, kids walking everywhere, it's just the common sense stuff of stranger danger and just that eternal vigilance," said Sgt. Christopher Depue. "The Greenwood case does remain open, they treated our case as a lead for them. They determined that's not their vehicle and they're still looking for their red van."

As the investigations in south Jackson County proceed, Sugar Creek police announced Wednesday afternoon that they are investigating two incidents including one in which a man in a red vehicle tried to coax a child to him while his trunk was open.

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