Deputies call off search for bus stop stalker

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. -- The St. Johns County Sheriff's Office is calling off its search for a suspicious man in a white van accused of stalking children at their bus stops, authorities said Wednesday.

No arrests have been made and the investigation has been closed.

FCN first reported the story Tuesday.

Deputies first received a report of the alleged stalker Aug. 22 when a 14-year-old girl said she was followed by a black man driving a white van after getting off the bus at State Road 16 and Rues Landing Road, according to a release from the Sheriff's Office. After speaking with the man accused, investigators determined he had been talking on his phone at the time.

On Monday, school staff at Crookshank Elementary School in St. Augustine were alerted to a suspicious white van circling the bus stop at a nearby outlet mall, the release said. Later, deputies found the driver had stopped to offer a ride home to a parent walking home from the bus stop, but nothing inappropriate was said.

The next day, two students reported a white van drove past them several times near Pearl Street, apparently stopping to take pictures of them, according to the release. The man accused told investigators he had been on his phone at the time. A search of his phone revealed no evidence that he had taken any pictures of the students, deputies said.

In the agency's release, the Sheriff's Office said the men and vehicles involved were not the same and it does not appear any laws were broken.


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