Although residents of Jamison’s Farm subdivision were concerned about what was called a “suspicious van” seen on the subdivision’s trail system, the van has been identified as a Fauquier County Parks and Recreation vehicle, driven by the department’s employees, according to Sgt. James Hartman of the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office.
He said that on Monday at approximately 1:20 p.m. deputies received a call reporting a suspicious van on the trail system in the Jamison’s Farm subdivision north of Warrenton. The caller said that a 20-year-old woman using the trail system about 10:30 a.m. encountered the older model green van, which was driving on the trail.
Hartman said that according to the report, the occupants of the van waved the female toward the van, at which point she ran away. It was alleged during that report that the van occupants may have tried to get the victim to come into the van, he said.
Later Monday afternoon, deputies were able to speak with the woman involved and determined that no attempt was made by the van occupants to make contact with her or get her into the van and there was no crime committed. However, deputies continued to try to find the van and its occupants, Hartman said.
He reported that deputies discovered that the van belongs to Fauquier County Parks and Recreation and the occupants are employees who were spraying for weeds along the trail system. The employees recalled encountering the woman and stopped spraying in order to wave her by so they could continue their work.
The van is clearly marked as a Parks and Recreation vehicle; however, the woman may not have been able to see the markings at the time.