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.