Grand Haven Tribune: Information sought on stranger who offered ride to student
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Information sought on stranger who offered ride to student

Becky Vargo • Oct 26, 2015 at 8:53 PM

“Please remind your children to be very cautious, and to report any incident to you, their teacher, principal or other district personnel immediately,” Superintendent Andrew Ingall wrote.

The superintendent said he was notified by Grand Haven Public Safety early Thursday morning of the incident that occurred about 3:45 p.m. Wednesday.

An unknown driver of a gold, older sedan approached the girl and offered her a ride home, Ingall wrote. The driver is described as an older male with grey hair and a full grey beard.

Ingall said the school district is working with police on all possible leads.

GHDPS Chief Jeff Hawke said the 12-year-old girl had missed her bus and was waiting outside the school for a ride when she was approached. The driver rolled down the window and asked her if she needed a ride. She said, “no,” and walked back toward the school. The vehicle drove away.

Police added to the driver description that the man was approximately 50-60 years old, and was driving an older model, tan or cream 4-door vehicle with a possible dent to the rear passenger side and a scratch along the front passenger side.

Spring Lake Public Schools Superintendent also sent out a notification to parents.

“This is an important reminder as we start the school year to have a related conversation with your children,” Furton wrote. “Remind them to be cautious, and to immediately report any incident to you, their teacher, principal or other school personnel.”

In the meantime, police are adding extra patrols around the schools, Hawke noted.

Anyone with information about the incident or the vehicle is asked to call the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety at 842-3460, Silent Observer at 8-877-88-SILENT or text 274637.

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