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Possible Attempt to Abduct KHS Student

More details have been released about the possible attempt to abduct a Keokuk High School student this afternoon.

The Keokuk Police Department says at approximately 1:00 P.M., a female student was approached by an elderly man as she was walking home.

Authorities say the man allegedly asked her if she needed a ride home as well as other questions that made her feel uncomfortable.

She refused his request and continued to walk home, prompting the man to drive off.

The Keokuk Police Department is looking for a white male, 60-70 years old, with a very thin build and dark grey, unkempt hair.  He was wearing a blue shirt and blue jeans and driving a dark green mini-van with a tan interior that was dirty and cluttered.

Police Chief Dave Hinton says after his department was notified, officers responded and dispatchers called neighboring school districts to notify them of the incident.

The school district says announcements were made for students to go straight home after school or to go straight to their extracurricular activities.  They were also told to stay in groups and to not talk to strangers.

The district says it did not activate its reverse phone system to alert parents because the situation was considered a “potential issue” and not an “emergency.”  The designation is due to the elderly man not making repeated attempts to abduct the student.

Hinton says anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Keokuk Police Department's investigation department at (319) 524-7704.

Jason Parrott is a former reporter at Tri States Public Radio.