Thursday, January 26, 2017

UPDATE: Investigation continues into suspicious person near a school

MESA COUNTY, Colo -The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is working on locating the suspicious person believed to have approached two children in a white van this morning near Fruitvale. 

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office is following up on many leads. We thank the public for sending in tips.

Deputies and investigators are working with School District 51 to ensure the safety of students. There will be extra patrols around all schools in the foreseeable future before and after school. Those patrols are starting this afternoon. 

The suspicious person is described as an older man with a white beard. He was last seen wearing a black hat with a dirty white shirt, dark-colored pants and a dark-colored jacket.

He was seen driving a white van with no windows as well as rust and mud along the bottom.

If you see this person or van CALL 911. DO NOT approach the van. We do not know if the subject is armed. Also there are several white vans in the area that may not be related to this incident. We don't want well intentioned people arrested for taking matters into their own hands.  

Parents should talk to their kids about Stranger Danger. Kids should never speak to people they don't know. If ever approached by a stranger children should run away to the nearest safe place such as a neighbor's house, or a school and tell a trusted adult immediately.

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