Sheldon, Iowa — According to Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema, the incident on Tuesday night in which two girls observed a suspicious vehicle in Sheldon should NOT be termed an “attempted abduction”. He says his office does not have the evidence to support that conclusion at this time.
Here is the official release from the Sheldon Police:
“On 09-11-12 at approximately 9:30 PM, The Sheldon Police Department received a report of a suspicious person in the downtown area of Sheldon, Iowa. Two teenage girls were walking in that area when an older male subject with dark shaggy hair driving an older style silver mini-van with a dent in the back passengers’ side panel yelled something at them. He appeared to be watching them so the girls ran to the police station and called their parents. The parents later reported the incident to the Sheldon Police Department. No other information is available at this time and the investigation is ongoing.”
Chief Bolkema says that now is the time to be cautious. He says that if you see a suspicious vehicle, try to get the license plate number if you can — but remember that it could just be a similar vehicle. However, for safety reasons, authorities are advising people not to approach a vehicle they think is suspicious, and to call 911.
Bolkema passed along some tips from the Center for Missing and Exploited Children on the most important things parents should tell children about safety:
- Always check first with a parent, guardian, or trusted adult before going anywhere, accepting anything, or getting into a car with anyone.
- Do not go out alone. Always take a friend with when going places or playing outside.
- Say no if someone tries to touch you, or treats you in a way that makes you feel sad, scared, or confused. Get out of the situation as quickly as possible.
- Tell a parent, guardian, or trusted adult if you feel sad, scared, or confused.
- There will always be someone to help you, and you have the right to be safe.