Investigators Seek Person of Interest in Assault Case
Contact: Tip Hotline, (865)436-1580
National Park Service investigators are seeking to identify and question an individual who a local couple says meets the description of the June, 8th assault suspect. The couple saw the man on the Gatlinburg Trail a week ago, Wednesday, and again last Friday, near the time of the attack. Both his physical appearance and dress match that of the suspect.
During contact with the couple, the unknown man made statements suggesting that he is a roofer. The man is thought to drive a full-size, dark blue or black, standard-cab pickup truck. Chief Ranger Clay Jordan emphasizes, however, it is not known whether this individual is actually the assailant or whether he truthfully identified his occupation.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, with dirty-blonde crew-cut hair and glasses. He is thin and stands about 5' 9" tall. At the time of the attack, he was wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt. He also has multiple tattoos, including one described as a word tattooed across his stomach.
Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the person sought for questioning is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailant.
Did You Know?
The park’s high elevation heath balds are treeless expanses where dense thickets of shrubs such as mountain laurel, rhododendron, and sand myrtle grow. Known as “laurel slicks” and “hells” by early settlers, heath balds were most likely created by forest fires long ago. More...