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Jackson County Sheriff’s Office investigates possible child abduction attempt



The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an attempted child abduction Sept. 27 around 7:40 p.m. near the baseball field of the Merrillan Elementary School.

Deputies who responded to the area said they met with several children who were all safe. A suspicious, older, gray panel van was reported in the area and alleged to be involved.

Deputies and school staff are working together to investigate the incident and clarify what happened.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office reminded all community members of the importance of supervising children. Law enforcement will continue to be on proactive patrol in the community.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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