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June 13, 2013

Child enticement warning in Moravia

CENTERVILLE — The Appanoose County Sheriff's office Thursday afternoon started an investigation into the possibility of child enticement in Moravia.

The sheriff's office reports a 12-year-old girl at approximately 12:50 p.m. Thursday while walking on North Brandon Street in Moravia was asked by a white male if she needed a ride.

Jamie Cochran said his daughter was on her way home after spending the morning at the Moravia School for softball practice and lunch when a man she didn't recognize asked if she would like a ride.

Cochran said his daughter said, "No, thank you," and kept walking.

Law enforcement reports the man left the area without further contact with the child.

Cochran said he immediately called the Law Center and he called the school. Law enforcement officers interviewed the girl and she provided them with what information she had.

Cochran said his daughter described him as a white male with dark hair, unshaven, a short trimmed beard, larger build, a big nose and some type of scar on the left cheek. Police believe he is 30 years of age and is driving a shiny, black mini-van, cross-over type vehicle.

The sheriff's office is requesting that anyone with information about the vehicle or driver to contact the sheriff's office at (641) 437-7100.

Cochran said his daughter is a bit shaken up but otherwise fine. He said she normally doesn't walk home alone.

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