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SAN AUGUSTINE, Texas (AP) -- A sheriff says a teenager and the stepfather who allegedly abducted her from state custody in southeast Alabama has been spotted by a minister in a small East Texas town.

San Augustine County Sheriff David Smith says a minister at the First Baptist Church in San Augustine reported that Charles Partin came to his church early Thursday seeking fuel money. Smith says the minister copies the driver s licenses of those seeking money.

Smith tells KLTV-TV of Tyler that Partin got back into a green minivan, drove off with a woman and six children, gassed up nearby and headed west.

Officials say Partin abducted 15-year-old stepdaughter Ailene Lander from a Dothan, Ala., doctor s office Monday.

San Augustine is about 180 miles southeast of Dallas near the Louisiana border.

Information from: KLTV-TV

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