Posted on July 1, 2011 at 5:28 PM
Friday, Jul 1 at 11:54 PM
(KMOV) – A 12-year-old girl was found safe Friday afternoon after a family friend drove away with her in a rental van and then committed suicide.
Police are still trying to figure out the exact relationship between the man and the girl that willingly entered his van at 10 a.m. along Viewpoint Lane in Lake St. Louis.
Shortly after entering the van, officials in the area began searching for the girl. Officials found out that the man, believed to be in his mid-40’s, committed suicide in front of the girl.
Police then found the girl in a Warren County house where the girl ran to get help.
After finding the girl, the situation became even stranger after the sheriff found a suspicious looking box at the scene. He called in the bomb squad to look at it, but as of right now, the it does not appear to be anything suspicious.
The sheriff told News 4 that at this point the girl does not appear to have been harmed but they continue to question her about what happened.