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Coconino County Sheriff’s Office deputies and detectives are investigating the sexual assault of a 52-year-old woman from Tucson, who was sightseeing in Oak Creek Canyon on Wednesday, Jan. 8.

The Coconino County Sheriff’s Office released this sketch of sexual assault suspect Friday, Jan. 10. The suspect is described as a white male, mid to late 40s, with medium-length dark hair, a scraggly dark beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing brown pants with side pockets, a dark-colored sweat shirt and cowboy boots. If you see or know someone matching this description, call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or toll free at (800) 338-7888 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.The suspect is described as a white male, mid to late 40s, with medium-length dark hair, a scraggly dark beard and moustache. He was last seen wearing brown pants with side pockets, a dark-colored sweat shirt and cowboy boots.

On Wednesday at about 11:19 am the Coconino CountySheriff’s Office received a call from an emergency room in Sedona reporting a sexual assault.

Deputies responded and conducted an initial interview with the victim. According to the victim she was vacationing in Flagstaff and was driving through Oak Creek Canyon on her return trip to Tucson.

She stopped on the side of southbound State Route 89A in close proximity to the Call of the Canyon Day Use Area — which is located at the West Fork Trailhead — for the purpose of looking at the creek.

While standing outside of her vehicle the victim was approached from behind and physically assaulted.

The victim was sexually assaulted and at the conclusion of the assault the suspect left on foot possibly in a southerly direction.

Detectives are investigating the possibility that the suspect was armed at the time of the assault.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or who possess information regarding the possible identity of the suspect are urged to call the Coconino County Sheriff’s Office at (928) 774-4523 or toll free at (800) 338-7888 or Silent Witness at (928) 774-6111.

 


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