Police Investigate Possible Link of a Suspicious Vechicle to Elizabeth Smart

There's new information tonight about a suspicious mini-van spotted at a local gas station last week. Gas station employees told police they saw a distraught girl inside the van. Because of the Elizabeth Smart disappearance, this incident has sparked national attention. The two clerks at the gas station near 11th and Cornhusker described the girl as blonde, thin and between the ages of 12 and 14. This case has drawn the attention of the Smart family, who's daughter Elizabeth was abducted last month in Salt Lake City.

Witnesses all described the van the two men were driving as a blue and gray Chevy Astro with Pennsylvania license plates numbered ECJ1386. Lincoln Police sent out a nationwide alert and that's when Utah police called back.

Lincoln Police have identified the owner of the mini-van. They are not releasing names, but they say the person is from Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania. The car has not been reported stolen, and the owner has not been seen in that area for weeks. Police officials say this new information is a good start for the investigation.

Police say if you have any information on the whereabouts of this van call Crimestoppers at 475-3600.