UPDATED: Champaign authorities investigate possible attempted child abduction

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UPDATE - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office has provided an update into its investigation of a reported attempted child abduction in Rantoul Sunday evening.

According to a news release from Champaign County Sheriff Dan Walsh, although what exactly happened during this incident is still somewhat uncertain, deputies have found some inconsistencies in information that was given.  Authorities say the vehicle description given was too specific, and is not supported by facts discovered by the Sheriff's Office.

Walsh adds that a gray automobile of unknown make and model is still believed to be involved in this incident.  Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.
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CHAMPAIGN - The Champaign County Sheriff's Office has announced that it is investigating a possible attempted child abduction that happened in Rantoul Sunday evening.

Authorities say the incident was reported to the Champaign County Sheriff's Office at approximately 8:00 p.m.  Deputies say it was reported that a child sitting at a playground at the Fountain Valley Trailer Park when a gray-colored vehicle with tinted windows drove by the playground several times.

Authorities say it was reported that the child became concerned with the truck's presence, and left the playground to go to a relative's home, at which time the Taurus allegedly drove near the child, and the driver grabbed the child's arm.  Deputies say the child was able to pull away and call 911 while running from the scene.  The incident was then reported to the relative.

Champaign County authorities say the suspect in this reported incident was last seen leaving the trailer park in a gray-colored vehicle with tinted windows.  The driver was described as a male with a brown goatee, wearing a red/white hat and a white t-shirt with red lettering on it.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at (217) 373-8477.

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