KSCO increases presence, cautions parents to be vigilant

Strangers in white van approach Owls Head girl, offer ride, according to police

Posted:  Monday, September 18, 2017 - 5:45pm
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OWLS HEAD — On Monday, September 18 at approximately 3:00 p.m. a small white van approached a young girl on Ash Point Drive in Owls Head near Woodman Trailer Park. Upon catching up with her, one of the three occupants of the vehicle asked if she wanted a ride, according to a news statement issued by Knox County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy, Tim Carroll.

The statement went on to say that the young girl didn't recognize any of the three males in the vehicle and refused their offer of a ride, saying “no.” According to the KCSO statement, the men in the van told the girl that "it would be quicker [to get a ride]."

The girl reportedly ran into the bushes until the van drove away, at which point she proceeded to her nearby residence.

Carroll wrote that the girl stated that the van had a "donut" tire on the passenger side, and that the driver had black hair and a beard. She described one of the other passengers as having blond hair and no facial hair. She told the police that she thought the men were between 30 and 40 years old. The van continued south on Ash Point Drive following the encounter.

“We are encouraging parents talk to their kids and be vigilant.  We will have an increased presence in the area in marked and unmarked cars to ensure the kids feel safe.” Carroll said via email.
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KCSO Deputy Jeremy Joslyn is investigating the incident. Carroll stated that anyone with information is encouraged to call the Knox County Regional Communication Center at (207) 593-9132, or call 911.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

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