Police search for man who exposed himself at water park in Jack

Saturday, July 27, 2002

JACKSON, Mo. -- The Jackson police K-9 unit searched unsuccessfully Wednesday for a man who children say exposed himself to them while they were at the Licketysplit Water Slide on Highway 61.

Lt. James Humphreys said police responded when the grandmother of a 9-year-old girl called to report the incident after picking the child up at the water park.

He said the man was tracked to an abandoned house 300 to 400 yards above the water slide, where the trail was lost. Police think the man, described as a white male in his 50s or 60s, walked through the woods to reach the top of the water slide and must have had a vehicle waiting at the abandoned house.

Humphreys said about 15 people were at the water park when the incident occurred sometime after 2 p.m. He said the man was wearing blue jeans and a yellow shirt.

Margie Morefield of Cape Girardeau called police after she arrived to pick up her granddaughter and her granddaughter's friend and found them sitting on a bench instead of playing in the water.

Morefield said the children who saw the man reported him to an employee at the water slide. She said he did not call the police.

Debbie Schrock, whose 10-year-old daughter was at the water park, said an incident such as this is especially frightening at a time when the news is filled with stories about children being kidnapped.

The owner of the ater slide could not be reached for comment.

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