From ISU DPS:
The ISU Police Division has identified the individual who stopped near the Sweeney Hall bus stop and offered a graduate student a ride on 2/12/10. The identity was confirmed after investigators reviewed CyRide bus video footage which showed a car matching the description given to police. Officers located the car and contacted the owner, an ISU graduate student, who verified that she had stopped and offered a ride to the student due to the cold weather.And the Ames Tribune:
Ames Tribune > Archives > Ames Tribune > News > ISU Police: ?Unknown man? who offered ride was a woman
A police log entry that caused some concern following the disappearance of Iowa State University student Jon Lacina seems to have been solved, according to ISU Department of Public Safety Director Jerry Stewart.
ISU police received a call from a student who described a suspicious activity at a CyRide Bus Stop at Lot 13 on Feb. 12. The student, who called at 11:38 p.m., reported an unknown man offering him a ride while he was near the bus stop six hours earlier.
The caller described the driver as a white male, approximately 50 years old, 5 feet, 11 inches tall, and driving a light-colored four-door car.
Stewart said this morning that ISU police followed up on the case and were able to locate the car and its driver, who turned out to be a woman.
“They were able to determine who that individual was, and it actually turned out to be a woman, and the person was kind of embarrassed,” Stewart said. “It was just a simple offer of a ride, and this person is known to do that.”
Stewart said the woman is in her 60s and has a long-time university affiliation.
Stewart said there are no new updates on Lacina’s disappearance. However, he said, the investigation is continuing and new avenues of search are being explored to deal with the inclement weather conditions in and around the city.