Police in Virginia are looking for a man from Quebec in connection with a possible missing child case.
According to police in Hillsville, Virginia, staff at a local hotel found a note on Thursday morning that appeared to be written by a young girl who called herself Jasmine Hines. The note said that she is missing and that police are looking for her.
Cpt. Jason Hawks said that the note asked for authorities for help.
Investigators searched through lists of missing people for anyone by the name of Jasmine Hines, but found nothing.
Hawks said police have little information to go on for the time being.
“As of right now, we are looking at it as a possible abduction, possible missing person [case],” he said.
This case is one of the most bizarre investigations that Hillsville Police Sgt. Jame Alderman has ever seen.
“I’ve been here 25 years and this is one of the more crazy situations,” he said.
The room where the letter was found was registered under the name of a man from Lachute, Que. named Pierre Morand, Alderman said.
When police reviewed security footage, they saw a man leaving the room in the company of another person.
“He checked in as one person and two people left, so that’s heightened our concern,” Alderman said.
Hillsville police have been in contact with the RCMP, Interpol and the FBI. Alderman said that investigators know the license plate for the man’s car and are checking video cameras near the interstate to find out what direction he was travelling in.
Officers believe they are looking for a Caucasian girl, but it is unclear at this point whether the letter could be a hoax.
Alderman said that for now, as far as investigators are concerned, the man has done nothing wrong.
“We hope that [this is] somebody’s idea of a bad joke and that these folks were in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he said.
Quebec provincial police said they have not received any request for help on this case.