Lee’s Summit police determine no connection with ‘stranger danger’ case in Greenwood

June 5, 2014 

The Lee’s Summit Police Department’s investigation into a possible “stranger danger” case is closed after authorities here located a man and confirmed that he was only selling fundraising items with his son

According to Lee’s Summit Police Sgt. Chris Depue the department investigated a red van seen in Lee’s Summit three weeks ago that was similar to one reported in a “stranger danger” case in Greenwood.

Investigators in the Lee’s Summit case located the man driving the van and confirmed that it was simply him and his son selling baseball team fundraiser cards.

The case in Lee’s Summit is closed, and Depue said it is not related to any other cases in the metro area.

Greenwood is still looking for leads in their case and Lee’s Summit police have notified them of their findings, Depue said.

In the Greenwood case, a resident reported to police that a man had approached his son June 1 asking him to help him look for his dog. The man was driving a red van and left the area when the child ran inside.

The incident prompted a resident of Lee’s Summit to notify LSPD that a similar incident had happened near his home with a suspicious person approaching the home attempting to sell fundraiser items approximately three weeks before. That person was also driving a red van.

Investigators in Lee’s Summit were able to locate the man and his son from the Lee’s Summit incident and were able to confirm that it was not the same vehicle as the one reported in the Greenwood incident.

Greenwood Police Lt. Aaron Fordham said June 3 that Greenwood Police were being bombarded with tips after a juvenile reported a stranger danger incident May 29.

Fordham said a male described as white with a slim build in his 40s or 50s approached a juvenile around 2 p.m. May 29 in the 1400 block of Spruce near 16th Avenue and asked the juvenile if they would help him find his dog.

The juvenile, who didn’t recognize the man, immediately became suspicious of the request. The man was said to be driving an older model, dull brick-red minivan with possible Kansas license plates. The minivan has rust around the driver’s side wheel well, possible front-end damage and “1st Year Anniversary” written in pink window chalk on its back window.

Fordham said the suspect male has dark hair, a goatee and possible skin defects near the cheek area where his complexion is kind of dry and flaky. He added the department has received numerous tips from the public regarding the incident and advised anyone with information about the man or his vehicle to contact Greenwood Police at 816-537-5020 or the metro-area TIPS hotline at 816-474-TIPS.

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