Police: Man in suspicious-looking van approaches young boy in Illinois

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by Elizabeth Eisele / KMOV Staff | @ElizEisele

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 11:41 AM

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(KMOV.com) -- Just days after the tragic death of little Hailey Owens, a new scare popped up for parents in Clinton County, Illinois.

Police in Bartelso, Illinois, are searching for a man they said approached a child walking down a road and asked for directions.

Police describe the vehicle as a suspicious white van last seen headed west on Highway 161. Authorities said the white man had longer, light colored hair, glasses and a beard.

According to police, the man inside asked a 10-year-old boy for directions to Pickneyville, a town 45 minutes away from Bartelso. Police said the boy was walking to a friend’s house and was so afraid that he turned around and headed the opposite direction.

Delores Rickhoff and her husband have lived in Bartelso for more than 40 years and said her six-year-old granddaughter would have no idea where Pickneyville is making the man suspicious. Only 600 people live in Bartelso.

Deputies are still investigating this case. 

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