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May 9, 2012 9:42 AM

Sheriffs rule out abduction on northeast side, but not criminal activity

TUCSON - An update this morning to yesterday's possible abduction investigation, on the far northeast side near Sabino Canyon and Snyder Road.

Pima County Sheriff's Office now say, it is unlikely that the incident was an abduction.

PCSO located and interviewed the driver of a white van that witnesses saw in the area, and now say that there is criminal activity involved but not an abduction.

It all began when a 911 call was made Tuesday morning about a 14-to-15 year old boy, and a man in a white van put the Pima County Sheriff's Department on high alert.

Officials say given all the recent cases involving children they took no chances. Detectives and patrol officers combed the area looking for the victim and the suspect. They even had their airplane searching from above.

Renee Carlson, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department, says the information given by the 911 caller was that they saw a 14 to 15-year-old boy being followed by a man in a white van.

They saw the boy hide the bike and then hide under some brush. Meanwhile they say the driver in the van circled around looking for the teenager, and left the area when he did not see him.

The boy then came out of hiding and took off running, leaving behind the bicycle.

Police are still searching for him, and describe the teenager as Caucasian, 14 to 15 years old, medium length brown hair, wearing a dark colored jogging suit, hoodie or wind breaker with blue sweat pants with a white stripe.

The bicycle that was recovered from the scene is a 26 inch, 21 speed TRIAX model PK7. The serial number on the frame ends in 5442.

Please call 88-CRIME or 911 if you have any information.

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