Police say they are keeping an "open mind" on the identity of the man who tried to abduct a girl from outside a New Plymouth school.
The CIB is seeking witnesses to the incident which happened outside New Plymouth Girls' High School, near the intersection between Mangorei Rd and Northgate, between 1pm and 2.30pm last Friday.
The man is described as being in his 40s or 50s, was wearing a hoodie over his head and was driving a black car.
Detective Mike Aro said fugitive sex offender Darren Jolly had strong links to Stratford and police could not discount he was the man who approached the girl.
"There is nothing to say that it could be him but equally there's nothing to say it wasn't him," Mr Aro said. "We are keeping an open mind."
Jolly, 47, has multiple arrest warrants issued in relation to alleged breaches of an extended supervision order and is believed to have stolen a blue Honda Civic sedan, registration AYT134, from a Kapiti car dealership.
In 2004 Jolly, a convicted fraudster and sexual predator, was jailed for 7 years after pleading guilty to 33 charges including having sex with a 14-year-old girl and doing an indecent act with a 15-year-old Stratford girl.
He also admitted to a range of dishonesty charges, shoplifting, receiving, driving offences and fraud.
The New Plymouth District Court heard how Jolly enticed the girls aged 14 and 15 into threesomes with his partner and promised one he would pay her $2500 to have his baby.
A minimum non-parole period was imposed by the judge meaning Jolly would have to complete two-thirds of his sentence before he could apply for parole.
Jolly has connections in Wellington, Taranaki, Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Auckland.
- Taranaki Daily News