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Distressed child seen in vehicle was not missing or abducted, Arvada police say

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Posted at 1:55 PM, Feb 08, 2024
and last updated 2024-02-08 21:48:04-05

ARVADA, Colo. — A distressed child who was seen inside a vehicle Thursday was not missing or abducted, the Arvada Police Department said.

In a post on X, formerly Twitter, the department said multiple people called 911 Thursday morning after seeing the child in distress inside a gold or tan 1998 Honda Accord with Colorado license plate BCF-A62 with a missing hood.

Police said earlier they were looking for a possible missing or abducted child in connection with that vehicle, driven by a man identified as Jason Lujan.

“The child’s identity is unknown at this time,” police said in the social media post, adding the child was a girl between the ages of 10 to 13 years old with shoulder-length, tangled dark blonde or brown hair.

Police said the vehicle was spotted in Arvada and Wheat Ridge but “the driver eluded officers.”

The vehicle was last seen near Pecos St. and Thornton Parkway.

By 2:22 p.m., Arvada police posted another update and the vehicle and the suspect had been located. In a subsequent update at 5:27 p.m., the department said the incident did not involve a missing or abducted child.

The investigation remains ongoing.

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