Police investigating two reports of suspicious contact with children

Monroe police say social media abduction posts 'inaccurate'

Monroe police were investigating two suspicious reports of adult contact with children Wednesday, although they say wildly inaccurate social media postings about the cases are hampering their probe.

Officers said the investigations involves similar, perhaps related, incidents. In one, which occurred Saturday evening in the 1800 block of 10th Street, a 4-year-old girl’s father scared off people in a green sedan who were trying to talk with the girl across the street.

In a second incident, which happened Wednesday morning, police said a male driver, also in a green sedan, asked a 7-year-old girl in the 600 block of 17th Avenue if she needed a ride home. The girl ran off.

In both cases, the parents waited for some time before calling police.

Police are investigating to see whether the incidents are related, because the vehicle descriptions in both cases are similar.

Postings on Facebook and other social media have clouded the investigation because they have prompted phone calls and tied up police resources, Police Chief Fred Kelley said.

“Postings have included many unsubstantiated, inaccurate and exaggerated statements,” he said.

Parents in Monroe said there had been three or four incidents in the city, with others in Brodhead and Argyle, although police have not confirmed those reports.