Parents are being warned after a student was approached by a suspicious man in a van in central New York.

Phoenix Central School Superintendent Christopher Byrne says a high school student was approached by a man in a suspicious vehicle in the village while walking to school. "The driver of the vehicle engaged the student and asked her if she wanted a ride on two occasions," Byrne wrote on the district's Facebook page.

The student didn't get into the vehicle she says is a gray van. The driver is said to be a white male with a white hat, approximately 60 years of age.

"Please use this incident as an opportunity to remind your children to be cautious when approached by a stranger and to not get into a vehicle with someone they do not know," urged Byrne. "If approached by a stranger, they should immediately report the incident to an adult."

The Phoenix Police Department has been notified and are increasing patrols throughout the community. The investigation continues as police look to identify and speak to the vehicle’s driver or anyone who may have additional information regarding this incident.

If you know anything, contact the Phoenix Police Department at 315-343-1313.

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