Young girl ‘approached’ by old man in van, police say

An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men in an older-model, blue cargo van Thursday as she was walking her dog along Watson Road just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

An 11-year-old girl was approached by two men in an older-model, blue cargo van Thursday as she was walking her dog along Watson Road just before 1 p.m. Thursday.

“When the passenger in the van told her to get in the vehicle, she turned around and ran home to call 911,” RCMP Cpl. Tammy Hollingsworth said in a news release.

“She said the vehicle didn’t follow her, and kept on driving the opposite way,” Hollingsworth said.

The girl described the passenger as a white male, about 30-40 years old, with a slender face and a black goatee with scruffy black hair.

She could not described the driver, and did not get the licence plate of the vehicle.

Police made extensive patrols of the area, but could not locate the van.

The investigation continues.

Hollingsworth said the young girl did the right thing by not talking to the man and by running home and calling police.

She asked parents to remind their children not to talk to strangers, and to trust their instincts, if approached.

“If something doesn’t feel right, then it probably isn’t,” she said.

Anyone with information about the incident that happened in the 45200-block Watson Road is asked to call the Chilliwack RCMP at 604-792-4611 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.