Search Continues in Assault Case
Contact: Tip Hotline, (865) 436-1580
Great Smoky Mountains National Park is continuing the search for a man wanted in connection with the June 8 assault of a 44 year old woman on the park's popular Gatlinburg Trail. National Park Service Rangers and Special Agents have been actively investigating over 50 leads which have been collected through the Park's Tip Hotline and through personal contacts with the local community.
A sketch of the man, along with information on the assault, has been distributed to local Gatlinburg businesses in hopes of gaining more information about the suspect who is thought to have fled into the Gatlinburg area.
The suspect is described as a white male of thin build, in his 40s, 5'9" tall, with a crew cut and thin mustache. He was wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt and has multiple tattoos including an unknown word across his stomach.
A $5,000 reward has been posted by the NPS for information leading to the arrest and conviction of this unidentified individual. Anyone with information in the case should call the park's Tip Hotline at 865-436-1580.
Did You Know?
Approximately 1,500 black bears live in the park. This equals a population density of approximately two bears per square mile. Bears can be found throughout the park, but are easiest to spot in open areas such as Cades Cove and Cataloochee Valley. More...