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'Suspicious vehicle' in Grants Pass belonged to family friend of student, Sheriff's Office says

The driver reportedly offered a ride to a student waiting for the bus on Tuesday morning.

Posted: Feb 18, 2020 10:33 AM
Updated: Feb 20, 2020 11:26 AM

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Deputies with the Josephine County Sheriff's Office are no longer looking for assistance after a student reported a suspicious man at a bus stop on Tuesday morning.

Around 7:15 a.m. a stranger driving a blue SUV approached a student waiting for the school bus in the 2200-block of Hamilton Lane. The student told the Sheriff's Office that they did not know the man driving the vehicle, and they declined to offer of a ride to school.

The driver was described as a white man in his 40s with no facial hair and medium-length brown hair.

"The driver was the sole occupant of the vehicle, which is described as a dark blue Nissan Pathfinder with large chrome wheels," the Sheriff's Office said in its original statement. "The Sheriff’s Office is asking citizens to stay vigilant for suspicious activity such as this and report strange vehicles matching the description of this vehicle."

On Thursday, the Sheriff's Office sent out an update — revealing that the man who had offered the student a ride to school "was in fact a family friend."

"The student who was offered the ride did not recognize the person who offered a ride and did the right thing by not getting in a vehicle with someone they did not know or recognize," the agency said.

Authorities are no longer looking for the blue Nissan Pathfinder or SUV tied to the incident.

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