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Sheriff’s officials: Man may have tried to force girl into truck in Cameron Park

El Dorado County sheriff’s officials are investigating a report of a man who may have tried to coerce a girl to get into his pickup truck Thursday in Cameron Park.

The Sheriff’s Office received a report from an uninvolved motorist who observed the incident about 2:35 p.m. at the intersection of Green Valley and Bass Lake roads.

Sheriff’s officials are asking the public’s help in identifying the girl so she can be interviewed regarding her interaction with with the man, according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

The girl was described as about 12 years old with long wavy brown hair, wearing light blue jeans that were “cut up” or ripped at the thighs, and possibly a purple shirt. Sheriff’s officials said she likely attends Pleasant Grove Middle School and may have been walking home from school at the time.

The girl reportedly refused the ride from the man and walked away. When the motorist pulled over to watch the suspicious interaction, the man left the area, but the motorist was able to take of a picture of his license plate.

The vehicle is described as a stock, white 1990 Toyota four-wheel drive pick-up truck with a regular cab, bearing California license plate 4C23382. Sheriff’s officials said the truck appeared to have a blue and white “Keep Tahoe Blue” sticker on the lower passenger rear window, as well as approximately 10 1-inch circular dents, pittings or holes in the tailgate. The “Toyota” graphic and side graphics appeared to be dark blue in color.

The person who reported the incident described the driver of the truck as white or Latino with a light complexion, 20 to 30 years old, with a beard approximately an inch long. The man was reported wearing a dark-colored beanie-style cap or a hooded jacket covering his head.

Anyone who may have seen the girl, or who has information about the truck is asked to call the El Dorado County sheriff’s non-emergency number, 530-621-6600.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy