Police have not yet located the two van occupants who pulled ap alongside a young girl on her way to school in Fruitvale yesterday, according to Trail top cop Sgt. Mike Wicentowich, but they did get a more detailed description for which residents can watch.
"We obtained these further details from the 11 year old student:
Police are asking for public information after a young girl was approached and offered a ride on her way to school in Fruitvale yesterday, according to Trail top cop RCMP Sgt. Mike Wicentowich.
He said an 11-year-old girl was walking along Mill Road yesterday when a white van with tinted windows pulled up alongside her.
“There were two occupants, a female driver and a male passenger,” Wicentowich said, adding one of the two offered the girl a ride. “She declined.”
Upon arriving at school, the girl told some of her friends, but didn’t tell an adult until arriving home that evening. Her uncle was taking care of her, and Wicentowich said that, upon hearing her account, the uncle advised her to write down everything she remembered and contacted police.
“We were notified at roughly 6:30 p.m.,” Wicentowich said.
He said police had two plainclothes officers in the area this morning, and are actively seeking the people in the van to determine their intent in approaching the girl.
“Our primary goal is to find out who they are and what their motivation was, if it was innocent,” he said, adding it could’ve been simply a friend of the family whom the young girl didn’t recognize.
“At this time, we don’t know why she was offered a ride. I’m sure, because Fruitvale is such a small town, that somebody knows somebody with a white van with tinted windows, and we’ll follow up with them.”
He lauded the uncle’s direction in having the girl write down what she remembered, and advises people do that in any situation that makes them uneasy.
“It’s not, right now, a criminal matter – but taking some preliminary notes can be very helpful if it becomes important.”
Anyone recognizing the description of the van is asked to call RCMP at 250-364-2566.