Police searching for suspicious man seen on Wells school security video

Posted April 18, 2013, at 10:18 a.m.

WELLS, Maine — Police are looking for a suspicious man who was caught on security video leaving the Wells Elementary School early one morning last week.

It is unknown how or when the man got into the school or what he was doing there.

At approximately 4:30 a.m. April 11, a school custodian noticed a man walking on school grounds outside the elementary school, said Superintendent Bill Richards.

The custodian notified the school principal, who called police after reviewing the school’s security tapes and finding that the man exited from the boiler room.

Police executed a thorough search, Richards said, which included examining all rooms in the building.

“When the police were satisfied from going through the building, they gave us an all clear,” Richards said.

Students and staff were let into the building at approximately 9 a.m., he said.

Classes start at 8:30 a.m. for the elementary school, he said.

Police are continuing an investigation and Richards said the school department will lend all the support it can. Pending the police investigation, Richards said the details of when the man entered the school and more are unknown.

He said it was difficult to make out identifying characteristics of the individual on the security tape.

“We will certainly support them as they investigate,” he said. “I believe it is well in hand and the police department is actively involved.”

Parent Liz Mott said she received a pre-recorded telephone call from the school principal that morning, describing the situation. Getting that phone call “felt like my heart was in my throat,” she said.

Mott said she later received a follow-up email from the school. She said she appreciated the school district’s proactive response, along with the police investigation, which helped put parents’ minds at ease.

“I just took a deep breath and listened,” Mott said. “In this day and age, it’s scary.”

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