It’s been more than a month since an attempted child luring on South Shore Road shocked residents of Lake Cowichan, and the RCMP still believe someone from the community will come forward with information on the suspects.
The incident occurred on March 3, when a man and a woman allegedly approached two young children in downtown Lake Cowichan, inviting them into their vehicle. The children immediately shouted for help and the pair of adults sped way before anyone could copy their licence plate number.
“We’ve exhausted all the avenues we have up until now but we still haven’t been able to identify the suspect vehicle involved,” said Const. Travis Strong.
“Most of that was talking to eyewitnesses and seeing what businesses had CCTV in the area but unfortunately none of them captured the image of the vehicle.”
Strong said the RCMP did receive a number of calls following the incident, but none advanced this case.
“Often when information goes out at school or [in] the media, people will call up to say, ‘I had something similar happen.’ But often it’s more suspicious or odd behaviours they’ve seen,” he said.
“Some people might call up and say, ‘Gee, the other day two people walked by the school and were waving at the children.’ Well, that’s possibly related but not necessarily so.”
So all of those tips would get looked at individually and if they were linked to this complaint then we would add to that file.”
Although an artist sketch was made based on descriptions by one of the young witnesses, it will not be released to the public because the witness’ certainty in the sketch was not high enough.
“You don’t want put it out there when it might look like someone who’s not involved,” he said.
For now, Strong asked that parents and children remain vigilant.
“And if something causes them concerns to let us know right away,” he said.