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Poplar Bluff police say 'attempted child abduction' all a misunderstanding

BUTLER COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Poplar Bluff police are now saying an "attempted child abduction" is all a misunderstanding.

Police originally said that shortly after noon on Friday,  a white van with a male Hispanic driver approached three girls on Thomas Street.

According to Jeff Rolland, Deputy Chief of Police, Poplar Bluff,  the people in the van told police they were driving through the neighborhood looking at houses.  In this particular driveway a car was backing out.  People in the van waved, motioning the car to go ahead and back out.  The mom misunderstood, thought the person in the van was waving for the kids in the yard to get in the van. 

Police say part two of the explanation is that the person in the van is signed up for KFVS news alerts through facebook.  She got the news alert about the attempted abduction and realized hers was the van in question.  She went and told police, her van matches up with the description given. Police are confident the story is legitimate.

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