UPDATE: The suspect and missing child have been located in Butler County and the victim is safe.  Jeffrey Shelton, a registered sex offender, was taken into custody and remains in the Poplar Bluff jail.


An Amber Alert has been issued for a 5-year-old Poplar Bluff girl abducted between 10 p.m. Tuesday and 6 a.m. Wednesday.  Authorities are looking for Jeffrey Shelton, a registered sex offender.

Shelton is a 45-year-old white man, 6', 175 lbs with brown hair and green eyes. He is believed to be driving a silver 2001 Nissan Pathfinder with a Missouri license plate and license number PJ8Z5M.

The girl, Abigail Berthoff, is biracial and has black hair and brown eyes.

If you see Shelton or Abigail, please call 911 or the Poplar Bluff Police Department at 573-785-5776.