Missouri AMBER Alert over: Abigail Berthoff found safe, Poplar Bluff police say

POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. - Authorities have ended the AMBER Alert for a 5-year-old southeast Missouri girl who was apparently abducted early Wednesday morning by a registered sex offender. Poplar Bluff Police said Abigail Berthoff was found safe. Jeffrey D. Shelton, her suspected abductor, is in custody according to authorities.

Poplar Bluff is in southeastern Missouri, about 150 miles south of St. Louis.

Abigail's mother called police at 6:58 a.m. Wednesday to report her daughter missing.

The girl and Shelton, of Poplar Bluff, were spotted together around 6:30 a.m. inside a silver 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with Missouri license plate PJ8-Z5M.

The relation between the two was not immediately clear.

Shelton is a registered sex offender. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Sex Offender Registry, he was convicted in 1990 of kidnapping, rape, attempted kidnapping and two counts of sodomy in Fort Hood, Texas.

The FBI sent resources from St. Louis and Cape Girardeau to assist in the investigation.

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