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Thursday, August 26, 2021

Marion County Sheriff notifying parents about suspicious men attempting to lure teen into van

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is warning parents about a suspicious couple of men that attempted to lure a teen into a van.

On Tuesday evening, MCSO was notified of a suspicious incident near the corner of SW 136th Court and SW 114th Place in Dunnellon. The sheriff’s office was advised that a 12-year-old arrived at her bus stop while a white work van was driving nearby. 

The occupants of the van, one white male and one Hispanic male, called out to the juvenile in an attempt to have her approach the van, according to a social media post from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office. 

The juvenile immediately fled back to the school bus and notified the bus driver. 

Law enforcement was contacted and a search of the area was conducted. Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle or either of the individuals described. 

Deputies are conducting routine checks of the area to ensure community safety. 

If you notice anything suspicious in the area or know more about this incident, please call 352-732-9111.