Elementary students in Mayfield Heights say woman tried to lure them into her vehicle

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MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Mayfield Heights police are doing extra patrols around area schools after a report of a possible luring attempt Monday afternoon.

According to police, at 3 p.m., police received a call from the parent of a child at Lander Elementary School. The parent said her daughter and two friends were walking home from school when a car with an older woman stopped, and the woman asked them if they were lost and needed a ride.

Police said the girls said nothing and kept walking towards home. The car continued on its way.

Officers spoke with all three children and their parents; they searched the area for the vehicle but did not locate it.  Officers are still trying to find the woman to speak with her.

The school district sent out an alert to parents following the incident, and said, "Parents are encouraged to talk to their children about any similar activities and discuss with their children the importance of saying “no” if someone offers a ride. Additionally, we encourage children who live near each other to walk home in groups, keep devices away while walking in order to stay alert, and follow all pedestrian safety laws."

If you have questions or concerns, contact the Mayfield Heights Police Department at (440)442-2323 or contact our Lander School Resource Officer, Bob Bandelow (440)995-7337.

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