Investigation concludes no abduction attempt

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CHESTERFIELD, N.H. — On Monday morning, the Chesterfield Elementary School notified the Chesterfield Police Department of a suspicious event regarding children walking to a bus stop on River Road.

It was reported that two boys were walking to their bus stop when a driver in a dirty red van with a white license plate pulled up and stopped near them. The driver of the vehicle, a man, rolled down his window and asked the children several times if they needed a ride. The children declined the ride and kept walking, at which time the driver of the vehicle left the area.

Police officers learned that there was no report of any physical contact between the children and the operator of the vehicle and the operator never got out of the vehicle. The investigation continued throughout the day and by late afternoon the Chesterfield Police Department had a person of interest in this incident.

On Tuesday, officers with the Chesterfield police, with the assistance of New Hampshire State Police, conducted directed patrols and were able to locate the van and the operator in question. Once located, officers interviewed the man and determined that this incident was not an attempted abduction and there is no threat to the public as a result of this incident.

At this time the case is closed with no charges forthcoming. The Chesterfield Police Department would like to thank the community for its support and encourage them to stay diligent and continue to report any suspicious behavior to police.

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