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UPDATE: Poplar Bluff girl found, sex offender is in custody

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UPDATE: Poplar Bluff Police have confirmed that Abigail Bertholf has been found, and Jeffrey Shelton is in police custody.

No other information has been given at this time.

To read Region 8 New's coverage on the story, click here.


A 5-year-old girl is missing in Poplar Bluff, Mo. and police believe that she might have been abducted by a registered sex offender.

Missouri State Highway Patrol says that Abigail Bertholf, 5, disappeared from her bedroom between 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday and 6:00 a.m. on Wednesday. Abigail lives on the 2100 block of Wood Street in Poplar Bluff.

Police believe that she was taken by 45-year-old Jeffrey Shelton.

According to Poplar Bluff Police Captain Dave Sutton, Shelton is not related to Abigail or her family. He told KAIT 8 in Jonesboro that police received a call about a domestic assault and Shelton was seen leaving Wood Street with Abigail.

Abigail has dark hair and a medium complexion. She was last seen wearing a pink, princess nightgown.

Jeffrey Shelton is around 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with brown hair and green eyes. He is said to have a scar above his left eyebrow and another on his right knee. He has a tattoo on his left arm. He is believed to be driving a 2001 Silver Nissan Pathfinder with Missouri license plate PJ8Z5M.

Shelton is a registered sex offender. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Shelton was arrested in 1990 for the kidnapping, rape, and sodomy of a 12-year-old in Fort Hood, Texas.

Anyone with information about Shelton or Abigail's location please call 911 or Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.

To read Region 8 New's coverage on the story, click here.