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Ardmore van linked to missing California juvenile

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This minivan raised suspicions in Ardmore. (Courtesy) This minivan raised suspicions in Ardmore. (Courtesy)
Michael Stansfield (Carter County Jail photo) Michael Stansfield (Carter County Jail photo)

ARDMORE, Okla. -- A man from Pennsylvania was arrested by Ardmore police Sunday evening after his vehicle was flagged in connection with a missing juvenile from California.

Police were alerted after young people in the minivan were seen trying to sell items and collect donations for various organizations.

According to investigators, that boy from California most likely ran away from a group home. But the vehicle being driven by 22-year-old Michael Stansfield was said to have been in that same area of California at the time of the disappearance.

"Being a mother, I was worried," said

Jaenine Tabor said a young man knocked on her door asking for donations for the military. 

"I knew right away that he was not with the military; he had on baggy jeans and a baggy shirt, hat on backwards, hair pulled back in a ponytail," she said. "Usually if you are with the military, you would dress much better than that."

The young man walked away, and was picked up by a brown van minutes later. That's when Tabor called her husband.

Being a mother, I was worried," she said. "They just happened to pull into the gas station where my husband was at, and he was able to take a picture of the car and get a tag number."

There were at least three others in the minivan, Tabor said. Others around Ardmore also reported young people in the vehicle going door-to-door.

But then around 7:30 p.m., Ardmore police pulled that brown van over for an expired tag.

"When the tag was run through our dispatch, it came back with an NCIC hit out of California which involved it being a possible suspect vehicle in a missing juvenile case," Ardmore police spokesman Capt. Keith Ingle said.

Police said the juvenile has been missing since January. They're still investigating how exactly this vehicle is connected.

But Stansfield, the driver from Pennsylvania, was arrested for a Love County warrant. Police wish to question him while he remains behind bars.

"There was evidence in the car that proved that he was in California near the group home at the time that the juvenile come up missing," Ingle said. "That doesn't mean that the juvenile left with him, but it is very possible."

Police say if anyone ever tries to sell you something, immediately ask to see their permit. If they don't have one, call police, and do your best to give a description of the seller.

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