Milbank Police Chief Boyd VanVooren received a few calls about the suspicious white van believed to be attempting to abduct children in communities in eastern South Dakota, but informs the public that the reports he received were unsubstantiated.
“Authorities across eastern South Dakota are still investigating this case and do not have enough information to broadcast an official statement,” said VanVooren. To date, there is no picture or plate number reported on the van in question. “When there is more information on the case, we will get that out to the public immediately,” he noted.
In the meantime, VanVooren encourages parents to talk with their children and educate them on stranger awareness. Some tips VanVooren suggests are to monitor your children and know where they are at at all times. Talk to your children about strangers and not getting into vehicles unless it has been approved by the parent. Teach your children to be aware of suspicious vehicles and persons that may lurk around parks, schools or other places children are. Teach your child to make good decisions and if in question, ask or check with the parent first. Make good decisions on what you will allow your child to do or not do.
“We are concerned with this report of the white van, but no more than our normal everyday concerns,” mentioned VanVooren.
An incident with a white van occurred around noon on July 15 in Milbank where unwanted comments were made towards a teenage female. The incident was reported to authorities. No match was made.
Another white van with North Dakota license plates was reported July 30 in Milbank. After an investigation, the van checked out and was cleared.
VanVooren warns citizens to continue to remain on alert and to report any suspicions to the police department.