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Police have released a sketch to help identify a man wanted for questioning about an incident on Cobb Island.

Last week, two 11-year-old girls told police that they were riding their bikes near the Cobb Island Baptist Church when a man driving a white van approached.

The driver slowed down and asked the girls if they would help him find his dog. According to the Charles County Sheriff's Office, the man also offered to put their bicycles in the back of the van. The girls refused and rode their bikes home, where they told a parent, police said.

The van had no windows or markings, police said.

On Thursday, the sheriff's office issued a composite sketch that forensic artists completed based on the description provided by the girls.

Cobb Island resident Ed Payne said as soon as the incident became known, alerts went out around the community.

Payne said Cobb Island is a “very tight-knit community” and that word of unusual events gets around very quickly.

He said he noticed more police on the island, and said that residents are being vigilant and watching the streets and their children as they normally do.

Payne said that Cobb Island is an area where “everyone knows everyone around here.” People whom the residents don't know tend to “stick out like a sore thumb,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 301-932-2222. Officer D. Raby is investigating.

Gretchen Phillips