National Park Service investigators are seeking to identify and question an individual who a local couple says meets the description of the June, 8th assault suspect. The couple saw the man on the Gatlinburg Trail on Wednesday, June 6th, and again that Friday, near the time of the attack. Both his physical appearance and dress match that of the suspect.
During contact with the couple, the unknown man made statements suggesting that he is a roofer. The man is thought to drive a full-size, dark blue or black, standard-cab pickup truck. Chief Ranger Clay Jordan emphasizes, however, it is not known whether this individual is actually the assailant or whether he truthfully identified his occupation.
The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, with dirty-blonde crew-cut hair and glasses. He is thin and stands about 5' 9" tall. At the time of the attack, he was wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt. He also has multiple tattoos, including one described as a word tattooed across his stomach.
Anyone with information as to the possible identity of the person sought for questioning is encouraged to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580. A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the assailant.