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Link sought in W.Va. child abduction attempts

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) —Authorities are trying to determine whether one person is responsible for a recent series of attempted child abductions in three counties.

FBI supervisory senior resident agent Joe Ciccarelli tells The Herald-Dispatch that the suspect is described by victims as a short, heavyset man with brown hair and discolored teeth. He may be traveling in a white cargo van with body damage.

The latest incident occurred Tuesday. An 18-year-old high school student in Kanawha County told police a man jumped out of a white van and tried to grab her as she was waiting for her school bus.

Ciccarelli says attempted abductions also have been reported in Mingo and Wayne counties.

Federal, state and local investigators also are looking at attempted burglaries in the counties that may connected.