On Monday, September 14, 2020, at approximately 7 p.m. Dufferin OPP Detachment received a call for service in regard to a suspicious person in Grand Valley.
Information was received that an interaction between a student walking home from a bus stop and an adult male driver occurred at approximately 12:00 pm.
This interaction occurred in the area of County Road 15 and 27-28 Sideroad, when the student noticed an older model silver/grey Honda sedan approach her from behind. The driver stopped and as the student approached the car door, the driver was asking her through the closed car window, if she wanted a ride home.
The student told the driver she did not want a ride and she continued walking. The driver left the area and was last seen on County Road 15. The male driver is described as an older man in his 60's with a moustache, wearing glasses and a hat.
Dufferin OPP want to remind parents it is important to have regular conversations about personal safety with your kids, especially now that many children are heading back to school after an extensive break.
In this situation the student refused a ride and didn't interact any further with the driver. Additional strategies when faced with a situation similar, or where children are uncomfortable or concerned include speaking loudly to gain the attention of others nearby, take out a cell phone if they have one and call 911, and go directly to the nearest residence where they should ask for the police to be called.
Dufferin OPP requests anyone who may have information about this incident contact the Dufferin OPP Detachment (519-925-3838) or Crime Stoppers (705-726-2237) or (1-800-222-8477).