Authorities aren’t sure if the events are related, but in both cases, the suspect was described as being in his late teens or early 20s and wearing a red baseball cap.
Children were approached and offered candy by a white male described as late teens or early twenties, wearing a red baseball cap and seated in a gray 4-door sedan.
A middle-school football coach accused in the kidnapping and killing of a 10-year-old girl in southwest Missouri plans to plead not guilty, his public defender said in a brief hearing Friday.
Police have charged Craig Michael Wood, 45, in the murder of 10-year-old Hailey Owens, a Springfield, Missouri girl who went missing from her home on Tuesday evening.
A woman accused of abducting her baby grandson from Florida in 2000 evaded detection by moving the boy around Missouri for more than a decade.
Both attempts occurred Tuesday afternoon, but police say there are no indication the two cases are connected.
FBI says 5-year-old found safe, charges pending against suspect.
Mother left 11-month-old with another woman