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Suspicious person incident in Shanty Bay deemed ‘misunderstanding’: OPP

On Monday afternoon, a young person was walking their dog on Line 3 in Oro-Medonte, Ont., when a vehicle passed by slowly before it stopped and reversed directly behind the young person. Lars Hagberg / The Canadian Press

Orillia OPP say an incident involving a “suspicious” person in Shanty Bay on Monday has been deemed a “misunderstanding.”

On Monday afternoon, a young person was walking their dog on Line 3 in Oro-Medonte, Ont., when a vehicle passed by slowly before it stopped and reversed directly behind the young person.

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Fearing for their safety, the young person fled to a nearby residence and asked for help.

The person’s neighbour then called the police and the nearby elementary school, which was placed under a hold and secure.

OPP officers responded but didn’t find the vehicle, which was seen driving away, and the school’s hold and secure was lifted.

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Officers continued to investigate, patrolled the area and eventually found the vehicle and spoke with its two occupants.

Police then determined the driver reversed his vehicle to look at a nearby property, concluding the interaction was “misinterpreted” and that no threat existed.

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