Investigation Continues in Assault Case - Reward Offered
Contact: Public Affairs Office, (865) 436-1203
On June 8, at 2:43 pm, a 44 year-old female was sexually assaulted on the Gatlinburg Trail. The victim received multiple stab wounds to the neck, shoulder and hand. She made her way to the Gatlinburg Bypass where she flagged down a passing motorist for assistance. The victim was taken by helicopter to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. The victim was released from the hospital last night.
National Park Service Special Agents continued to investigate the case over the weekend and have worked with the victim and a forensic artist to create the sketch of the suspect attached to this release. The suspect is described as a white male of thin build, in his 40s, 5'9" - 5'10" tall, dirty-blonde hair, with a crew cut and thin mustache. He was wearing glasses, black dress pants and a gray t-shirt at the time of the attack. He has multiple tattoos, including on his shoulders and an unknown word across his abdomen.
A reward in the amount of $5,000 has been established for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. Persons having seen this individual or having any knowledge of the crime should contact a special tip line at: 865/436-1580.
Chief Ranger Clay Jordan said today, "We stand committed to bringing this assailant to justice. Working together with the assistance of the public, I am optimistic that we can solve this case." Jordan said that although this still appears to be an isolated incident, ranger patrols in the area have been increased.
Did You Know?
What lives in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Although the question sounds simple, it is actually extremely complex. Right now scientists think that we only know about 17 percent of the plants and animals that live in the park, or about 17,000 species of a probable 100,000 different organisms.