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White Van Reports Keep Local Police Busy

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MARION, Iowa - Several law enforcement agencies are investigating reports of a white van approaching children.

Marion Police Lieutenant Scott Elam said the child told officers that a man in a white van approached him near Linn-Mar School on Tuesday afternoon. Elam said that according to the child, when the man spoke to the boy and he immediately ran away.

Officers said there was no attempted abduction but they are still investigating to see if the van driver had other motives.

In Dubuque, police now say they have located a van involved in an incident that took place on Saturday. Police said the incident was a case of miscommunication and confusion.

Similar cases have been reported in nearby towns. Marion Police Lieutenant Scott Elam said they've also referred information from the incident to investigators in Evansdale just in case there is a connection, even though it doesn't immediately appear to be connected.