Investigation Continues in Assault Case – Reward Offered
Date: June 12, 2012

Officials with Great Smoky Mountains National Park are continuing the search for a man wanted in connection with the June 8 assault of a 44-year-old woman on the park’s popular Gatlinburg Trail. National Park Service rangers and special agents have been actively investigating more than 50 leads collected through the park’s Tip Hotline and through personal contacts with the local community.

A sketch of the man, along with information on the assault, has been distributed to local Gatlinburg businesses in hopes of gaining more information about the suspect who is thought to have fled into the Gatlinburg area.

The suspect is described as a white male of thin build, in his 40s, 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a crew cut and thin mustache. He was wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt and has multiple tattoos including an unknown word across his stomach.

The assault happened about about 2:43 p.m. June 8. The victim was stabbed a number of times in the neck, shoulder and hand. She made her way to the Gatlinburg Bypass where she flagged down a passing motorist for assistance. A helicopter flew her to the University of Tennessee Medical Center where she was treated for her injuries. She has since been released.

A $5,000 reward has been posted by the National Park Service for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the attacker. Anyone with information in the case should call the park’s Tip Hotline at 865-436-1580.