Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 --- 9:53 a.m.
Madison Police are searching for a man who followed an 11-year-old girl Thursday afternoon, and was later seen masturbating.
Officers responded to the 1800 block of Prairie Rd. around 3:30 p.m.
The man reportedly told the child he was conducting a survey and wanted to ask her some questions. The girl ignored him and immediately went into the home of a trusted adult.
While canvassing the area, an officer found a postal carrier who had spotted the man matching the description of the stranger.
The carrier said she was getting mail from her truck parked on Cathy Ct. and Birch Hill Dr. when she saw the man masturbating while lying on a snow bank behind her vehicle.
She said it frightened and upset her, and she quickly got away.
The man was last seen heading north on Lomax Lane.
A police dog was brought in to track the man, but he was not found.
Police describe the stranger as: Male, white, 20-30 years old, average build, wearing gray sweat pants, blue or grey jacket and a light colored winter hat.