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Possible teen abduction investigated in Crawford County

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The Crawford County Sheriff's Office is investigating the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a 16-year-old girl who later returned home safely.

In a media statement, the department said that on Monday night, the girl's family reported to the sheriff's office that the girl left her Bridgeport Township home for a run around 4:00 p.m. and never made it to her destination.

Family members also told investigators they'd seen a suspicious vehicle near their farm earlier in the day.

In response, the sheriff's office sent out an Amber Alert and activated their Code Red alert system.  The FBI, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children response team, state Division of Criminal Investigation, and Prairie du Chien police joined in the investigation and search.

After searching all night, the girl came back to her home on foot at approximately 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Investigators are still working to figure out what took place between the time the girl left home and returned the following morning.

Crawford County Sheriff Dale McCullick said in the statement, "We are all so happy that the girl returned home safely, I also want to personally thank all the family, friends, and volunteers that helped in the search throughout the night."

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