SOUTH WEBER -- The Davis County Sheriff's Office is attempting quell near widespread panic from rumors that a man in a suspicious vehicle is stalking children in South Weber.
Rumors have been circulating for months that a man is watching children in various neighborhoods and that he is "creepy", the sheriff's office said Thursday in a news release.
"According to reports, if he is approached by citizens, he speeds off," the news release said.
The sheriff's office has only received two official reports regarding the man and his vehicle.
On March 2, deputies made contact with the man, who voluntarily pulled his vehicle over and allowed it to be searched by officers.
Deputies determined the man has no criminal record, is not listed on the state's Sex Offender Registry and was not in possession of any illegal items.
"Nothing in his vehicle indicated he is a child predator, or has any interest in stalking, photographing, documenting children or property of interest in the city," says the new release.
The man said he recently lost his job and enjoys driving to reduce his stress level, much like jogging or bike riding, and his specific route takes him through South Weber because it's a quiet and beautiful, the news release states.
The Davis County Sheriff's Office has not had any additional contact with the man.
The man's sighting has resulted in nearly widespread panic in South Weber, the news release says.
"It has spread into a community organized effort that has included starting up social media pages to spread information, possible lockdown of the elementary school on the day of the incident, the handing out of thousands of flyers containing pictures and information on this individual, and so forth," says the news release.
"We are concerned with this approach to an individual who has committed no crimes. We do not want this situation to progress into a something that harms or defames anyone, based on rumor. We applaud the efforts of a well-organized community that has the best interest of its residents and children in mind, we want to calm the nerves of everyone in the area."
The sheriff's office went on to thank South Weber residents for being diligent in neighborhood watch efforts with quick response to potential harm to children.