Do you recognize this man?

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Does this sketch look like anyone you know:

Law enforcement officials encourage area residents to continue reporting any information they may have that will lead to the arrest and conviction of the man accused of raping a woman in the Nantahala National Forest on Sept. 25, 2011.

Investigators say they have received a steady stream of information, and they would like to see the trend continue. Posting signs and a description of the suspect can help. Investigators appreciate the public’s help. As part of a multi-agency manhunt, law enforcement officials are aggressively working to solve the case by following up on leads and using numerous other investigative tools, including forensic evidence. Law enforcement officials are committed to finding the suspect and bringing him to justice.

The USDA Forest Service, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) are seeking information on the rape that occurred Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at approximately 4:00 p.m. in Macon County within the Nantahala National Forest.

The incident occurred at the intersection of Forest Service Road (FSR) 711 and the Wayah Road, State Road 1310. A female driving through the area stopped to render aid to a person she believed was incapacitated who was lying beside the road. At that time, a firearm was used to subdue the victim, and she was allegedly forcibly raped.

Law enforcement authorities seek information and assistance in identifying a possible suspect. Authorities are looking for a white male, 6’0”, 200 pounds, between the ages of 30 and 40, having brown wavy short hair, green to blue eyes, having a deep voice and a fair complexion. The suspect was last seen wearing dark blue jeans and a medium blue shirt. The subject is armed and considered dangerous and may be carrying a backpack. No vehicle information is available at this time. A composite sketch (below) was rendered to assist in identifying the assailant. The sketch is also posted online.

On the same date and approximate location, a motor grader was vandalized and diesel was stolen. Earlier the same day, three individuals were observed around the motor grader that may have information relevant to the case. These individuals or persons knowing these individuals’ identities are asked to call law enforcement.

Persons having information to pass on to law enforcement may call the USDA Forest Service special agent at 828-231-0288, the Macon County Sheriff’s Office at 828-524-2811 or the SBI at 1-800-334-3000.


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