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Suspicious Cars at Schools in Hermiston and Echo

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Suspicious vehicles in the Hermiston and Echo School District's have parents wondering what school leaders are doing to keep their children safe.  A notice went home to many Hermiston parents on Tuesday. It warns of a suspicius white van driving near schools and talking to students. A similar situation in Echo caused a school to go into lockdown on Tuesday.

In Echo, a suspicious car with two people was seen in front of the school. Officials called police after they noticed the car stayed near the school for a long period of a time.

The Echo school went into lockdown at 9:30 and stayed that way until 12:30 in the afternoon. The vehicle the suspects were driving was registered to a sex offender.

While students in echo are safe now, Hermiston police are still looking for the man who has been seen around numerous Hermiston schools.

With cases like the one in Echo and Hermiston, police say parents should talk to their kids about avoiding strangers and suspicious vehicles.

Hermiston police say they are still looking for an unmarked white van. The suspect is a white male in his late 30s or 40s, has a medium build, and brown hair.