Police are seeking your help in identifying a suspect allegedly responsible for sexually assaulting a woman on Tuesday at Boundary Creek Provincial Park, four kilometers west of Greenwood.
In a news release, RCMP said the incident occurred between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. that day.
A 69-year-old woman reported she was travelling alone in her vehicle on Highway 3, just west of Grand Forks, when she observed a man in a newer silver Toyota SUV pull up beside her and look at her.
The woman reported being followed by this man until she decided to pull her car into the Boundary Creek Provincial Park to use the washroom. The woman told police she observed the man keep on driving westbound on Highway 3.
However, as she left the washroom, the woman was allegedly confronted by the man who forced her back into the washroom where she was sexually assaulted. The woman suffered minor injuries but reported being able to fight off the suspect and escape in her vehicle. She immediately made her way to the Midway RCMP detachment.
Police say they conducted extensive patrols of the area, including Highway 3 and 33, with help from members of the South Okanagan, Kelowna, and Grand Forks detachments, as well as with assistance from an RCMP helicopter. The park was also initially closed but has since been reopened.
Police have not yet identified the suspect, who is described as in his 40s, approximately six feet tall and average build. He has short blond/brown hair and was sporting a greying mustache. He was last seen wearing a blue on blue plaid shirt with a western yoke and pearl snaps, pointed black cowboy boots with curled up toes, black jeans with a belt which may have had an eagle or a bird emblem. He may have had a chain attaching his wallet to his jeans.
“Police are pursuing all avenues of investigation available to identify the man allegedly responsible for this random sexual assault,” Staff Sgt. Annie Linteau said. “We urge anyone who may have any information as to the suspect’s identity to contact police immediately. We also are encouraging the public, especially those travelling alone, to remain vigilant and take every precaution to enhance their own personal safety.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Midway RCMP at 250-449-2244.