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Woman Assaulted in Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Park dispatch received a report of an assault on the Gatlinburg Trail on Friday afternoon, June 8th.  The victim, a 44-year-old woman, made her way from the trail to Highway 441 and flagged down a visitor, who reported the incident.  The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and reported being sexually assaulted by someone not known to her.  She was taken by helicopter to a Knoxville hospital where she was listed in stable condition. Rangers immediately closed the Gatlinburg Trail and contained an area between Sugarlands and the city of Gatlinburg.  Rangers working closely with the Gatlinburg Police Department conducted a thorough search of the area where the incident occurred.  “We believe this was an isolated incident,” says Chief Ranger Clay Jordan. “Rangers have combed the area and believe the suspected has fled the area.” Gatlinburg Trail reopened that evening. The suspect is described as a white male of thin build, in his 40s, 5’7” tall, with a crew cut and thin mustache. He is wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt. He has multiple tattoos, including one on his stomach. There are no leads in the case at this time.  Anyone with any information is asked to call the park dispatch emergency line at 865-436-9171. An investigation is ongoing.



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