It took five days for the U.S. Forest Service to alert the public about a roadside rape in the Wayah Bald area of the Nantahala National Forest late last month.
The rape happened on Sunday Sept. 25. The forest service issued an advisory Friday, Sept. 30.
And it might not have happened even then, except that a local newspaper, The Franklin Press, obtained a transcript of the actual 911 call made by the victim. ...
“We released the information as soon as we could,” said Stevin Westcott, public information officer for the U.S. Forest Service. “It may appear that it may have been delayed … but that was to not compromise the case.”Read the full article