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Boy, 9, abducted in Rockland and later released

Police say he wasn’t harmed

A 9-year-old boy leaving school was abducted in Rockland Tuesday and then released unharmed about a half-hour later in Abington, officials said.

At about 2:15 p.m., the boy left the Memorial Park School in Rockland and was “guided” to a four-door sedan by a man he believed to be a friend of the family, Rockland police said in a statement. The unknown man drove the boy around Rockland and Abington, before telling the boy to get out of the car at about 2:40 p.m. near Lake Street in Abington, police said. The car was described as either white or gray, police said.

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In a press conference Tuesday night, Rockland police said the boy was “in fine condition” and had not experienced “abuse of any sort.”

Police are trying to locate the man, who is not a friend of the family. He is described as white with a thin build and white hair that is longer in back than on top.

Police said they are concerned that the incident may have been “a dry run” for future abductions.

Abington police were unavailable for comment Tuesday night.

Plainclothes and uniformed police officers will be posted at Rockland schools Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to contact the police.

Jennifer Smith can be reached at jennifer.smith@globe.com.
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