The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is seeking help in identifying a suspicious male that was seen at a bus stop on Monday at approximately 4 p.m.

This happened at the crosswalk/bus stop in front of Hawthorne School on S. 3rd Street W.  This involved 3 children (2 males and 1 female), ranging in age from 10 to 14 years old.


The male driver was driving west on 3rd Street and stopped for the children to cross at the cross walk.  As the children walked past the front of his car, the male partially opened the passenger door and motioned with his finger and told the children to come over to his vehicle.  The children did not respond and continued home and waited until this morning to talk to their parents.

The man is described as a white male, with medium to dark complexion, 50 to 60 years old, with grey hair and balding on top.  The vehicle is described as a late 80s to early 90s 4 door Subaru wagon, red or maroon in color, with decals on the rear window.  There is rust on the fender/ wheel wells of the vehicle.

Missoula Sheriff's department spokesman Josh Clark says authorities want to identify the man and speak with him, much like the incident several weeks ago near Rattlesnake School when an area man offered to help a 10 year-old girl. There was no criminal intent in that incident.

There was a female witness stopped behind the Subaru.  The female is described to be driving a black, newer model SUV.  The female driver was described as white and middle aged.  The female may be able to offer a more detailed description or account and is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office.

If anyone has any information about the identity of the male driver or female witness, please call Deputy Ryan Prather at 531-0337, The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office at 258-4810 or Crime Stoppers at 721-4444.

Sheriff's spokesman Josh Clark