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A citywide rumor that a man was attempting to coax children into his blue van started when a local police officer offered to help a 14-year-old girl.

Idaho Falls Police Sgt. Byron Stommel said an off-duty policeman on Tuesday asked a teen walking along a road south of Idaho Falls if she needed any assistance.The girl's mother thought the incident was suspicious and reported it.

Worried parents have been calling police ever since.