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Local Officers Warn of “Stranger Danger”

By Erin Maxson

MEDFORD, Ore. — Investigators say there is a strong connection between two suspicious contacts between strangers and Southern Oregon children.

Thursday morning, while kids were on their way to school, sheriff deputies were out in both marked and unmarked cars. They are looking for a van which they believe was used in at least two incidents where a suspect talked with young girls he didn’t know.

Medford school resource officers say they are also increasing their presence outside of schools before and after. They say, when asked by their respective schools, they talk to individual classrooms or an assembly of students about how to react if someone who is not a trusted adult tries to take them.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office says, so far, there have been no reports of suspects actually trying to grab a child. The sheriff’s office says they still just want to locate and talk to the man, saying there have been no reports that he has done anything illegal.

Friday is “National Missing Child Awareness Day”. Parents are encouraged to take 25 minutes to talk to their children about safety with strangers and even with people they know.