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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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TOWNSHIP OF TOMAH, Wis. (WXOW) – The Monroe County Sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who tried to pick up a boy while he was walking home from school.

Shortly before 4 p.m. Tuesday, the Sheriff's department said they received a call from a mother who lives on Gopher Ave in the township of Tomah. The mother told officers that her son was dropped off by the school bus and was walking home when he was approached by a man in a gray colored jeep.

The driver asked the boy if he wanted a ride home. The boy declined and the driver in the jeep sped off.

The Monroe County Sheriff's office is asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver in an effort to determine the intent of the driver.

The boy told officers the man was white and in his early 20's. He was clean shaven and had brown hair.

Anyone with information on this case call the Monroe County Sheriff's office at 608-269-2117 or they contact the Monroe County Crime Stoppers at 608-269-stop.

The Sheriff's department said this appears to be an isolated incident.

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