UPDATE – The St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the identity of a suspicious male, seen on the grounds of Evergreen Elementary School in California on Friday, Dec. 17, 2021.

The white male is approximately 5′ 11″ tall, who was seen wearing a long-sleeve white T shirt and dark-colored pants. He was seen walking through the campus at Evergreen Elementary School at about 3 pm on Dec. 17.

Anyone with information about the individual is asked to call Sgt. Robert Merritt at 301-475-4200, ext. 8042 or email robert.merritt@stmarysmd.com.

Citizens may remain anonymous and contact the St. Mary’s County Crime Solvers at 301-475-3333, or text a tip to “TIP239” plus their message to “CRIMES” (274637). Through the Crime Solvers Program tipsters are eligible for an award of up to $1,000 for information about a crime in St. Mary’s County that leads to an arrest or indictment.

CALIFORNIA, Md. — On Friday afternoon, Dec. 17, 2021, St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to Evergreen Elementary School in California for the report of a suspicious person, who was possibly armed.

A citizen reported seeing a suspicious male in the area of the school who was possibly armed with a handgun.

The suspicious individual was then seen entering the woods adjacent to the school. Sheriff’s deputies conducted an extensive search of the area, including the agency’s K-9 Unit and a US Park Police aviation unit.

Officers also remained at the scene of the school to ensure students were safely dismissed home this afternoon.

The case is still active and is being continued by the St. Mary’s County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division.