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Authorities investigate possible child abduction

Incident reported near Sunrise School in Security-Widefield

WIDEFIELD, Colo. - The El Paso County Sheriff's Office spent Friday trying to confirm whether a child was kidnapped around 10:30 a.m.

School District 3 spokesman James Drew said the report came from a home on Sugar Creek Circle, a block from Sunrise Elementary School in Security-Widefield.

Drew said a 12-year-old boy was home sick from school and saw what appeared to be an adult forcing a 6- or 7-year-old boy into a white pickup truck.  The truck returned to the area a short time later, he said.

Deputies and school officials checked and found that no students in District 3 were missing.  The school was not placed on lockdown.  Deputies are trying to locate the child and adult described in the report, to determine if an abduction actually happened.

The report concerned Amanda Pena, the mother of a kindergarten student.

"You think the worst," she said.  "When you see deputies, you think the worst.  You can't not think the worst.  I hope it's nothing.  It made me want to take my son out of class, just to know that he's okay and hold on to him.  It's scary."

Drew said the district, in light of several threats to children during the past two years, has acted to increase safety.

"We have people driving around in the morning in neighborhoods," he said.  "We have deputies making patrols.  It's something that's definitely heightened awareness around our school district."

Deputies are looking for a white pickup truck with a covered bed, and a man wearing a hat and black coat who was on Sugar Creek Circle in Security-Widefield late Friday morning. 

Contact the El Paso County Sheriff's Office if you have any information.

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