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Police search for man giving candy to children

Special Photo Henry County Police are searching for a man, whom they suspect of trying to lure children with candy. The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, medium build, with short gray hair and a grey beard or goatee, and is driving a van similar to the one in this photo. 

Special Photo Henry County Police are searching for a man, whom they suspect of trying to lure children with candy. The suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, medium build, with short gray hair and a grey beard or goatee, and is driving a van similar to the one in this photo. 

Authorities are on the lookout for a man who gave candy to children as he drove through their neighborhood.

Henry County Police said a white male driving a white Dodge Caravan (assumed to be from the 2000 model year) approached two juvenile females on Oakwood Drive, in Stockbridge.

Henry Police Sgt. Mike Ireland said the suspect is described as a white male, 40 to 50 years of age, medium build, with short gray hair, and a gray beard, or goatee.

“The white male asked the girls for their signature and told the younger of the two juveniles she was "pretty like a movie star,” said Ireland. “The subject gave the juveniles Tootsie Rolls [candy], and left the scene as the girls were being called in by their mother.”

According to police, the incident happened on Nov. 20.

“Henry County Investigators have taken the description given by the young girls and checked it against the sex offenders list,” continued Sgt. Ireland. “The juveniles have also looked at several images from the list and had not been able to identify the person [whom] they had previously encountered. Investigators continue to investigate all leads.”

Canton Police recovered the body of a 7-year-old girl, Jorely Rivera, from the dumpster of a Canton apartment complex on Monday. According to published reports, an autopsy revealed that she had been beaten, stabbed and sexually abused.

Local authorities are urging parents to be more mindful of the whereabouts of their children during the holiday season.

“The Henry County Police Department understands that the holidays are here, and children are going to be out of school,” added Sgt. Ireland. “We want parents to contact the police, if their children encounter any person acting in a suspicious manner. We urge parents to remind their kids about just being aware of strangers.”

Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact Henry Police Detective Stott by phone at (770) 288-8249, or (678) 300-3649, or by fax at (770) 288-8374, or via e-mail at: tstott@co.henry.ga.us.