Orange County Sheriff's Office Press Release (04/25/2014):
On April 25, 2014 at approximately 12:46 pm, the Orange Sheriff’s Office, with the help of Gordonsville Police Chief Clay Corbin, identified the suspicious person from the Gordon Barbour Elementary School incident from April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am.
The gentleman in question was in the area trying to identify some addresses associated with a traffic ticket he had received. He appeared at the Orange County Courthouse today. Chief Clay Corbin of the Gordonsville Police Department observed him in the courthouse and deputies approached him.
He freely admitted being at the school on April 23rd and stated that he had not intended to be suspicious but was trying to gather some information concerning a traffic ticket.
The man has been cleared of any wrong doing after investigation as it appears that his intentions were harmless.
The Orange Sheriff’s Office would like to thank everyone who called and provided tips concerning this incident! In today’s world, it is better to investigate incidents like this than it is to ignore them and we often need the help of citizens to complete our investigations! Thank you so much for your help!
Original Press Release (04/23/2014):
On April 23, 2014 at approximately 10:59 a.m. a white male age 40-50 with blonde hair, dark sweatshirt, blue jeans and white shoes was seen acting suspicious around Gordon Barbour Elementary School in Gordonsville, VA.
This subject approached the school at a side door and tried to get in and then went to another door and spoke with a school employee. He inquired if the school was affiliated with a Baptist church that is across the street and who controlled the playground next to the school.
The male subject may be driving a blue Mazda car. Law Enforcement and school officials searched the building and the property and determined that the subject had left prior to law enforcement’s arrival. The neighborhood was checked and the subject was not found. The investigation continues.
If anyone has any information on this or can identify the subject please contact Deputy Susan Harner or Capt. Jason Smith at the Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office at 540-672-1200.