Police in Casper are searching for a pickup that authorities believe was involved in a child abduction.

The child involved in the abduction has been found and is safe, police said.

Police say the truck, which was identified by surveillance cameras, is believed to be a dark colored, 1999-2003 four-door GMC short bed pickup with a toolbox. The truck bed appeared to be filled with possible construction debris.

Authorities described the suspect as a white man of medium build with brown hair. The suspect was wearing a black hat, shirt and pants.

According to a brief statement issued by the agency at 3:49 p.m. Wednesday, a person abducted a child sometime between 10 and 11 a.m. near Southwest Wyoming Boulevard’s intersections with South Coffman Avenue and South Poplar Street. Further details of the abduction and subsequent recovery of the child were not provided in the statement.

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When reached by phone, police spokeswoman Rebekah Ladd declined to elaborate on the circumstances of the child’s abduction. She said state, federal and local agencies are searching for the vehicle.

Ladd did not directly answer a text message question sent at 4:19 p.m. asking if there was an ongoing threat or danger to other children.

“There is an active child abductor investigation going on,” she said.

She did not respond to a follow-up message seeking clarification.

Police asked anyone with knowledge of the crime or the identity of the suspect to contact the agency at 307-235-8278 or CrimeStoppers at 307-577-8477. The agency asked anyone with surveillance cameras in the area — and particularly along West 39th Street, South Coffman Street and South Poplar Street — to contact police.

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Shane Sanderson is a Star-Tribune reporter who primarily covers criminal justice. Sanderson is a proud University of Missouri graduate. Lately, he’s been reading Cormac McCarthy and cooking Italian food. He writes about his own life in his free time.

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