Authorities wrap up white van investigation

UPDATE: According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the driver of the white van was identified and "interviewed" regarding the alleged incidents. He has not been arrested.

Investigators are still working to determine if any criminal activity exists and if probable cause is present.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office statement:

"It is not illegal to photograph someone walking down the street in public view (if this is validated), and no other actions to contact the children have been alleged. We are still researching the occurrences/background but do not have any legal determinations at this time."

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- Deputies in St. Johns County are investigating a suspicious white van that has been lurking around school bus stops.

According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the first reported suspicious incident happened Friday, Aug. 22. A white van allegedly followed a 14-year-old student after she got off a school bus on State Road 16 near Rues Landing Road. On Tuesday there was another reported sighting. Two female elementary students said a white van drove past them several times in the area of Pearl and McLaughlin Streets. The girls told police a man inside the van stopped and took pictures before driving away.

In both reported cases, there was no communication with the students, according to SJSO.

Another reported incident on Monday alleged a similar van was circling near the outlet mall, but it was never confirmed, according to SJSO.

The students described the van as a white work van with a large amount of stickers on the back window, blue rims and tools in the back. The man driving the van is described as older with light colored hair and facial hair.

Anyone with information about theses incidents is being asked to call The Special Victims Unit at 904-824-8304 or email You can also call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477.


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