AMBER ALERT: Child missing, may be with registered sex offender

(KAIT) - An Amber Alert has been issued for a child who went missing and could be in the company of a registered sex offender.

According to investigators, Abigail Bertholf, 5, was reported missing around 6:50 a.m. from her bedroom on the 2100 block of Wood Street early Wednesday morning and may be in the company of 46-year-old Jeffery Dean Shelton, of Poplar Bluff.

Poplar Bluff Police Captain Dave Sutton said Shelton is not related to Abigail or her family, and Deputy Jeff Rolland said the child's mother, Eva Crawford, told police she had last seen Abigail asleep on the couch in the living room of her home.