Rattlesnake Elementary student reports stranger offering ride

2012-10-09T11:00:00Z 2012-10-09T20:59:20Z Rattlesnake Elementary student reports stranger offering rideBy GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian missoulian.com
October 09, 2012 11:00 am  • 

A 10-year-old girl on her way to a school bus stop Tuesday morning allegedly was approached by an older man in an older, green car who asked if she wanted a ride, according to Missoula police.

The incident reportedly occurred at about 7:55 a.m. near the intersection of Creek Crossing and Rattlesnake Drive, according to Missoula police Detective Sgt. Travis Welsh.

The girl didn’t answer, and ran to the bus stop, according to an email alert sent Tuesday morning to parents and school staff by Jerry Seidensticker, principal at Rattlesnake Elementary School.

The car drove away, heading southbound on Rattlesnake, Welsh said.

The incident was reported when the student got to school. Missoula police were notified immediately.

The child “did exactly what they needed to do,” Seidensticker said in a telephone interview.

Welsh said the man was described as being in his 50s, with shoulder-length gray hair.

“Officers responded to the area but the vehicle was not located,” he wrote in an email. “There is no obvious indication that malice was intended, however parents are reminded to speak to their children about what to do when approached by strangers.”

Seidensticker said he received more calls from reporters than from parents Tuesday about the alleged incident.

He urged parents to “take this opportunity to again stress to your children the action they should take should this happen to them.”

The incident remained under investigation Tuesday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Missoula Police Department at 552-6300.

Reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5268, gwen.florio@missoulian.com or @CopsAndCourts.

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  1. Roger
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    Roger - October 10, 2012 11:25 am
    A child should never get into a vehicle with a stranger, even if it's raining or snowing (unless it's a matter of life and death).
  2. walter12
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    walter12 - October 10, 2012 7:14 am
    Come on people, wake up. This was obviously some kind of old pervert attempting to pick up a child for unknown reasons. This creature needs to be caught before some really bad happens.
  3. tinlizzie
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    tinlizzie - October 09, 2012 7:31 pm
    There was also an 11 year old girl kidnapped and assualted in Cody, Wyoming yesterday. Connection??
  4. Roam'n
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    Roam'n - October 09, 2012 6:05 pm
    Ditto Helen Mo... Good Job Kid!!! But I take issue with the school Principal saying "there is no reason to believe that ill intent was the motive". Really? Any SANE adult would know better than to offer a child a ride...just as this 5th grader knew it was not okay to accept a ride. There were no circumstances like icy rain or sleet to motivate a kind stranger to help a child with a ride. Considering a 10 year old girl (5th grader) is missing in Colorado since Friday... it doesn't take that long for a predator to drive up here and look for his next victim. Not sure where her bus stop was, but Rattlesnake Elem. isn't THAT far away from the Interstate... snatch an go!
  5. Helen mo
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    Helen mo - October 09, 2012 2:12 pm
    Good job, kid!! (and parents, school)!
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