Towns on alert after Rockland abduction - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

Towns on alert after Rockland abduction

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ABINGTON, Mass. (WHDH) - Two days after a 9-year-old in Rockland reported an older man picked him up and drove him around, the town and neighboring Abington were on high alert.

The school superintendent said the boy had not returned to school, but that "he looked in great shape."

There were four extra people watching the kids as they arrived at and left school, and police presence was still heavy Thursday.

The boy reported the man was in a white car and said very little until he ordered him out of the back seat in the area of Lake Street in Abington. He was not hurt or threatened.

Police distributed wanted posters to neighbors Wednesday and kids brought them home to parents.

Siobhan Quinn said she hadn't seen anything like this situation before.

"No, like I said, we're here every day, I wait in the playground for the kids, and I didn't see anything like that," Quinn said.

Teachers were instructed to keep their ears open for signs of stress in the kids, and tips were passed on to students.

"If a stranger comes up to you and talks to you, just run away and go find help," said Kathleen Quinn, an 8-year-old student.

Rockland and Abington police were trying to find surveillance video of the car. Officers took the boy on a ride-along the same way he said he was taken by the man, and hope that banks or convenience stores along the way can provide valuable images or even a license plate.
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