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People on the lookout for suspicious white vans


We've heard many reports over the last few days of suspicious activity involving a white van.

On Wednesday, the Dubuque Police Department interviewed the driver of a white van who had approached an 11-year-old girl Saturday. The girl told her parents he touched her face. The girl ran away and her family reported the incident to police. Police interviews with the man revealed no criminal intent and no criminal charges will be filed.

The stories about a suspicious white van have been spreading like wildfire on social media websites. On KWWL's Facebook page viewers say they have heard of the van being spotted in Oelwein, Independence, and several other communities on the eastern half of the state.

We contacted several police departments including Oelwein and Independence and they have not received any formal complaint.

As for whether a white van was involved in the abduction of Lyric Cook and Elisabeth Collins, authorities say there is no evidence to prove that.

"Where we're standing here now at the response center where we're working out of and I checked with them and they have nothing on it other than what you guys reported last night in Dubuque. So there's nothing in regards to a white van that anyone is aware of. Those are all rumors or there is nothing at this time," said Chief Deputy Rick Abben.

There was also a report given to the Marion Police Department about a suspicious man driving a white van. According to the report the man approached a young boy and when the man spoke the young boy rode off on his bike to get away from the man. Police say they are continuing to look into this incident.

Officials with the Marion Police Department say they have taken several calls from people in regards to a suspicious white van. They say people might just be on heightened alert because of the abduction in Evansdale.

Police are encouraging parents to discuss personal safety with their children. They are also asked to report any suspicious or criminal activities immediately.

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