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WEST ALTON, Mo. (KSDK) – Police say an unidentified man approached a 6-year-old girl and asked her to come to his car.

It happened at approximately 9:45 a.m. near the intersection of 182 St. Charles Street and Highway 94. The suspect is described as a black man in a red SUV.

Police say the girl, terrified by the encounter, ran to a nearby church, where she was able to find a teacher who contacted her parents and police.

Authorities responded to the scene, but couldn't find the vehicle. Its description has been distributed to patrolling officers.

No additional information was available.

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