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Parents warned to keep close eye on kids in Worcester

Spate of reports suggest attempted child abductions
By Brian Gilliland | Aug 10, 2017

(Aug. 11, 2017) While details remain sparse, the Worcester County Sheriff’s office did confirm an investigation into claims that unknown subjects may be attempting to entice younger children into vehicles in the county.

Lt. Ed Schreier, public information officer, confirmed Wednesday that there have been three sightings of up to three different individuals, all of whom may have attempted to lure children into their vehicles during the last week.

The report from Berlin, the closest place to the resort, was also the least descriptive in that Schreier described the vehicle as “a truck.” In Whaleyville, to the west of Ocean City and relatively close to the junction of Route 50 and Route 90, the report identified a “greenish Explorer” SUV. In remote Girdletree, about halfway between Snow Hill and Pocomoke City along Route 113 in southern Worcester, a “brown truck with a cap” was reported.

Schreier said there was no evidence to suggest it was the same individual behind the wheel of the trucks in all three cases.

He also said the drivers were unidentified, and no description was available. Reports of a Hispanic subject operating one of the vehicles in question during an incident are unconfirmed.

The sheriff’s deputies on patrol, along with the Worcester Criminal Bureau of Investigation, are investigating the disturbances.

Meanwhile, Schreier said extra caution by parents and guardians is warranted.

“Parents should be involved with their children, know where they are, and tell them not to approach people they don’t know,” Schreier said.

To report a person suspected of attempting to lure children into a vehicle, or to offer any insight into the matter, please call the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office at 410-632-1111.

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