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Deputies: Man follows middle school student

PALM COAST, Fla. – The Flagler County Sheriff's Office is looking for a man who reportedly followed a middle school girl Thursday afternoon in Palm Coast.

According to deputies, the investigation revealed that an 8th grader, who was walking home from Indian Trails Middle School, was approached and possibly assaulted from behind by an adult male in the area of Pine Lakes Parkway and Brushwood Lane.

"This is an active investigation and we're grateful that the female student was not physically hurt," Sheriff James L. Manfre said in a news release.

The suspect is described as a 30- to 40-year-old white male, large built, with brown hair (possibly balding) and brown eyes. He was last seen fleeing the area on foot and was wearing black shoes, khaki gray pants, and a navy sweater with a zipper and a white stripe down the side.

"Detectives have been called out to the scene and deputies have been searching the area," Manfre said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Flagler County Sheriff's Office at 386-313-4911 in reference to case 2015-1152 or call Crime Stoppers at 1-888-277-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1000.00.