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Female Victim In Trail Sexual Assault Comes Forward; Police Issue New Description Of Suspect


The person who was sexually assaulted on a bike trail in Canton has come forward, according to police, who issued a more detailed description of the suspect Saturday morning.

The assault was reported on July 24 by a woman acquainted with the female victim, who said the attack happened earlier that day off the Farmington River Trail between Canton Springs Road and Atwater Road, police said.

The victim came to police Thursday, but had begun communicating with officers earlier in the week in a series of conversations — some through a third party. After being able to talk with the victim, authorities updated the description of the suspect.

He is described as white, with short brown hair and an unshaven face, and is between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot 9, with a slender to medium athletic build. He was last seen wearing a gray shirt, a black hoodie and black basketball shorts. He may have been wearing sunglasses and had a small, white dog with him.

Earlier in the week, detectives scoured the trail for physical evidence of the assault. “We’ve gathered the immediate physical evidence at the scene,” Sgt. Derek Messier said.

Now, detectives are hoping for help from potential witnesses. “If you have a broad [suspect] description, it can be hard to narrow down, so we’re really hoping to have someone from the public come forward,” Messier said.

As of Saturday morning, there was no person of interest, police said.

Canton police urged residents to be cautious when on the bike trail and in the surrounding woods.

The department has asked anyone with information about the assault to call 860-693-022.

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