Over the last 12 hours, several local Facebook groups exploded with comments and reactions after several individuals published posts warning local parents about an incident that allegedly took place Tuesday afternoon in the Whisper Point neighborhood in north Forsyth.
According to the posts, “a man in a 90s silver Dodge Shadow or Spirit” pulled up next to a child walking home from a bus stop and attempted to get the child in the car before driving away. The posts state that a neighbor saw the vehicle driving away and that “police were called.”
But according to Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, Cpl. Doug Rainwater, no 911 calls about this incident have been made by anyone and no reports have been filed. Their attention was sparked earlier this morning after Sheriff Ron Freeman was contacted on Facebook by a citizen who saw the post.
Rainwater said at this point they are trying to get basic details on the incident. Until someone steps forward, the case is closed.
“We have to start with a 911 call, and so far we have no victim, no complainant,” Rainwater said. “All we have is a Facebook post made yesterday.”
He said that after Freeman was contacted online, he assigned several deputies to watch over the neighborhood.
Due to the seriousness and rarity of incidents like this, Rainwater said that the sheriff’s office is trained to immediately respond in force to interview witnesses and issue a BOLO for suspects. But for that to happen, someone has to call authorities.
“These claims are thoroughly investigated if a report is made … We go all out,” Rainwater said. “You can’t just post it online. You have to notify us (by calling) 911.”