Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stalker Might Be in Fernandina

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Stalker Might Be in Fernandina

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Fernandina Beach police are investigating whether a stranger

who approached two schoolchildren offering them candy last week

is the same man who attempted to abduct students at a

Jacksonville elementary school in January.

Police Chief Jeffrey Marquette said a stranger approached two

boys outside Atlantic Elementary School on Feb. 27 and offered

them candy about 3:30 p.m. The boys refused it and ran into the

school. The stranger fled.

Marquette said the man was missing a front tooth. He said his

investigators are looking into the possibility that he is the

same man who attacked Fort Caroline Elementary School students

on successive school days in January.

That man was described as being white, more than 6 feet tall

with a hairy mole on his forehead and two front teeth missing.

"The physical descriptions are very similar," the chief said.

Sgt. Hal Atkinson of the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said

police have received more than 600 tips about the school stalker

but haven't had any confirmed sightings since the Jan. 25



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children after her acquittal last year. The children's paternal

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