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Abduction Feared After Va. Boy, 5, Disappears

Kamron, Wells, a 5-year-old Northern Virginia boy vanished from a shopping center yesterday morning and authorities--pointing to a photo of him with an unknown woman--said he may have been abducted.
Kamron Wells, a 5-year-old Northern Virginia boy vanished from a shopping center yesterday morning and authorities--pointing to a photo of him with an unknown woman--said he may have been abducted.
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By Elissa Silverman and Martin Weil
Washington Post Staff Writers
Monday, October 20, 2008

A 5-year-old Northern Virginia boy vanished from a shopping center yesterday morning, and authorities, pointing to a photo of him with an unknown woman, said he might have been abducted.

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Kamron Wells had been in the Landmark Plaza Shoppers Food Warehouse in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County about 11 a.m. with his grandfather when he disappeared, police said.

A security camera picture made shortly afterward seems to show the boy outside the store with a woman whom family members said they did not know.

"We're certainly very concerned about this," Fairfax County Police Chief Dave Rohrer said late last night. "This is certainly the scenario we do not want to see."

He said police "are now concerned who this woman may be and where she has taken this young boy."

An Amber Alert was issued for the child last night. Criteria for such an alert indicate that authorities think that he was abducted and is "in imminent danger."

A large-scale search for the boy continued late last night, with officers from Fairfax County and Alexandria taking part in canvassing the neighborhood around the supermarket.

"He's a missing child, and we are putting endless resources into locating him," said Fairfax police spokeswoman Shelley Broderick.

The boy had walked to the store yesterday morning with his sister and grandfather, whose names were not released, authorities said.

The boy lives in the Orleans Village section, near the store. The supermarket, in the 6200 block of Little River Turnpike, is in an area of Fairfax near Interstate 395 and is close to the border between the county and Alexandria.

At one point while in the store, according to Rohrer, the grandfather was separated from the two children. The sister then approached the grandfather with milk, and the man asked where the boy was.

But, police said, the boy could not be found.


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