Spencer, IA (KICD)--The Spencer police chief says an incident at an elementary school yesterday is "a concern" but not necessarily "a danger."
Mark Lawson tells KICD News a man who appears to be in his late 60's or early 70's was seen outside Lincoln school around 12:45 yesterday afternoon and motioned to two youngsters to come closer. They did not, and the man drove away when adults working for the school approached.
The situation drew added attention because it sounds like similar reports of possibly the same man approaching a teenage girl and a walking woman in Lake Park last week, and trying to physically abduct a woman in Rock Rapids prior to that.
Reports Police had heard that the man had been spotted in two other Northwest Iowa school districts yesterday did NOT prove to be true.
KICD News contacted Okoboji school superintendent Gary Jansenn who says that an aide at the elementary school merely reported a white van happened to be driving by the school yesterday, but that there's no reason to believe it's the white van in question and no contact was made with students.
Sioux Central superintendent Scott Williamson tells KICD News reports of an incident in his district are not true. He says when he found out that the Spencer schools sent an advisory out to families he decided to as well, and had a brief meeting with the district's bus drivers.
Lawson says if you get a glimpse of the suspect you should try to get the license plate number, and if you can safely follow the suspect while phoning police so they can get a location, that would assist in their investigation.