Sheriff's Office "Pursuing All Leads" After Reports Of Strangers In Van Approaching Kids
August 29, 2017
Investigations continue into suspicious situations involving people trying to pick up young children in the Pinckney, Hamburg and Dexter areas.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating one incident that occurred around 7pm Saturday in Putnam Township, near the area of M-36 and Cedar Lake Road. A homeowner reported that her two young children ages 4 and 7 were approached by a suspicious white male subject who exited a white cargo van. After noticing her, the subject is said to have cursed, got back in the van, and left the area.
The Livingston County Sheriff’s Office is currently working with the Hamburg Township Police Department and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department in relation to the three documented incidents. Lieutenant Jim Lynch tells WHMI it’s unknown at this time if the incidents are related to similar ones that occurred over the weekend. Lynch says there have been no new reports and the Sheriff’s Office is still working with Hamburg Township Police and the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office to determine if the incidents are related or not.
The subject in the Putnam Township incident was described as a white male approximately 30-years-old, last seen wearing a white bandana over his hair, a white t-shirt and blue jeans. The vehicle was described a newer white full-size cargo van with rear windows. The Sheriff’s Office says the Putnam Township homeowner believed that there may have been additional subjects in the van but was not able to provide any further description.
Lynch says the Sheriff’s Office is pursing all possible leads at this time and the incident remains under investigation. He says they’re currently tracking down numerous leads on social media and one option also being pursued is a suspect sketch. He says they are attempting to try and get one of the victims to come forward and help compile a composite of the suspect involved in the incident but are still trying to get that coordinated.
Anyone with information about the suspicious incidents is asked to contact the Livingston County Sheriff’s Office Detective Bureau at (517) 546-2440, specifically Detective Welch for follow-up information.
Details about all three incidents are attached. (JM)