Carteret County Sheriff’s Office is looking into reports of suspicious activity at 2 county schools in the western end of the County. Today just after noon, 3 individuals came into the White Oak Elementary and Bogue Sound Elementary schools and were asking questions as to whether the schools were designated as crisis evacuation centers. After being requested to present identification the individuals presented ID’s that appeared to be military style identification cards but the validity of the cards is unknown. After being asked who they represent they indicated they were from Fort Bragg. Law enforcement has contacted surrounding military installations and have been advised that no military personnel are conducting any exercises or security assessments in Carteret County.
Subject one is identified as a white male, 6’0″, thin build, dark hair wearing a long sleeve green stripped polo shirt and blue jeans. Subject two is described as a light skinned non-caucasian male, 5’8″, thin build, dark hair wearing a plaid shirt and blue jeans. Subject three is identified as a light skinned non-caucasian male, 5’8″, medium build, dark hair wearing an orange plaid shirt and khaki pants. All three subjects were wearing Merrell type hiking boots and were in their mid-20s in age. The subjects were last seen operating a newer model small 4-door hatchback crossover vehicle (possibly a Toyota Rav-4 or Dodge Journey). The vehicle was described as silver in color and bearing out of state tags (possibly Washington DC area) the vehicle was last seen around 1:00 pm on Highway 24. Their direction of travel is unknown.
All county schools and law enforcement agencies with schools in their jurisdictions were notified of today’s activities. Attached are photographs and video captured from school surveillance cameras. The Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating these subjects for questioning in order to determine their identities and purpose for visiting the schools. If anyone has any information on these individuals please contact the Carteret County Sheriff’s Office or the Carteret County Communications Center at 252-726-1911.