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UPDATE: Neighbor trying to do good deed asked boy about ride

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TOWNSHIP OF TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department has tracked down the man who offered a ride to a young boy Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, it turned out to be a neighbor who offered the boy a ride so he wouldn't have to walk in the rain. The statement said the driver meant no harm to the child.

After being dropped off by the school bus, the driver of a grey jeep offered the boy a ride.  The boy said no, and the man left.  The boy told his mother who then called the sheriff's department.

The release did say that the child and his mother, neither of whom knew the man, did exactly the right thing in this situation.

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TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) - The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is trying to find out the intent of a driver that offered a young boy a ride Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement, Sergeant Scott Perkins said the boy's mother called their office shortly before 4:00 p.m. after her son got home from school.

He had told his mother that after being dropped off by the school bus on Gopher Avenue in the Town of Tomah, a man driving a gray jeep drove up and asked if the boy wanted a ride home.  The juvenile said no and the driver sped off.

Deputies weren't able to find the jeep in the area.

They did say that as far as they can tell, this is an isolated incident.

The department is asking for the public's help in identifying the driver and vehicle in order to find out the intent of the driver.

Calls can be made to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office at 608-269-2117 or Monroe County Crimestoppers at 608-269-STOP.

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