INDEPENDENCE, Kan. – A 16-year-old girl was reportedly abducted at gunpoint from a small southeast Kansas town early Tuesday and forced into a van that was seen headed toward Oklahoma, authorities said.
Kansas and Oklahoma authorities were searching for the white van and the girl, Kelsey Stelting, after state officials issued an Amber Alert.
According to Independence police, the blonde teenager was forced into the van about 6:30 a.m. at her home in Independence. The van was seen headed south on U.S. 75 toward Oklahoma. Independence police declined to release further details.
Independence, a town of about 9,800 residents, is 75 miles north of Tulsa, Okla.