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Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Releases Summaries Of Recent Suspicious Person Sightings

Orange City, Iowa — For the public’s safety and information, the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office has released summaries of the recent suspicious person sightings.

Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema emphasizes that most of these may only be sightings of a suspicious person. In the Sheldon sighting, he says he does not have enough evidence to prove that what happened was an attempted abduction.

The first sighting on Tuesday happened in Spencer at around 9:30 a.m. Witnesses reported a suspicious vehicle approached a grade school on the south end of Spencer. Spencer Police later said that a man approached two students, rolled his window down and said, “Come here.”

The second sighting on Tuesday happened in Sheldon around 9:30 p.m. In this sighting, two teenage girls reported that as they were walking in the downtown area of Sheldon, an older male driving an older style silver minivan with a dent in the back passenger side panel yelled at them. The driver then parked the vehicle and watched them. These girls described the man as having shaggy hair. The driver was also described as possibly being 60‐70 years old, having facial hair like a beard or mustache, with shaggy or longer hair and could be wearing a colored baseball cap. The man’s vehicle in these sightings is described as an older Dodge Caravan or similar make with a dent in the far back passenger side, and the back two windows are possibly tinted very dark.

The previous incidents took place in Little Rock and Lake Park and are summarized below:

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted abduction of a 61-year-old woman from outside her home in Little Rock around noon on Wednesday, September 1. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a white male in his 60s who has graying brown hair and a matching beard. He is about 6′ to 6’2″ tall and weighs around 250 pounds. He was driving an older, dark colored car with a white top. If you have any information in this incident, contact the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office at (712) 472-8300.

In two other possibly related incidents, on September 3 and 4, a male matching the same description above driving a white Ford panel van with both rear windows blacked out, approached two different females on separate occasions in Lake Park and attempted to entice them into the van. If anyone has any information on the Lake Park incidents, please call the Lake Park Police Department at (712) 336-2525.

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