By Sharon Ko
WHITE CITY, Ore. — Jackson County deputies are looking into two attempted abductions where they say a suspicious van is pulling up next to young girls. Deputies believe the incidents, which happened in White City, are related and possibly connected to a third abduction incident in Phoenix.
Earlier Wednesday morning, on Hale Way and Falcon Street, deputies say a young girl was walking to school when a light-beige colored van pulled up next to her and started talking to her. They say she did everything right by ignoring him and running in the other direction. The driver was last seen driving towards Avenue G. Several deputies responded and tried to locate the van, but it was unsuccessful.
A second similar incident happened just a few weeks ago near Highway 62 and Avenue H. Investigators say a passing driver saw a girl walking alone and a white or beige van pull up next to her. The driver turned around to get a better look but got caught in traffic. Deputies say they do not know who the girl was because she did not contact law enforcement.
The picture above shows what the van may look like. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department is also working closely with Phoenix Police. Last week, Phoenix Police reported that man in a van approached a young girl waiting for the bus. Since that time, police have two persons of interest in the case.
The two persons of interest in the Phoenix case are not being called suspects, but police are looking to talk to 29-year-old Richard Myers and 41-year-old Leon “Doug” Remstedt Jr. They only wanted for questioning, if you have any information on the location of or how to contact either of those people, contact police.
Deputies say they are asking for the young girl in the second incident to come forward believing she may be able to give more information on the suspect and van.