Sketch released of man who raped, stabbed woman on trail near Gatllinburg

Authorities have released a sketch of the man accused of raping and stabbing a woman on a Great Smoky Mountains National Park trail near Gatlinburg, Tenn., the Asheville Citizen-Times reports. There’s also a $5,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man, described as

The suspect is described as a white male of thin build and in his 40s. He is about 5 feet 9 inches tall with dirty blond hair, a crew cut and thin mustache.

He was wearing black dress pants and a gray T-shirt at the time of the attack.

The suspect has multiple tattoos, including on his shoulders, and an unknown word across his abdomen.

Authorities have established a special tip line to provide any information about the case.

Anyone who has seen this suspect or has information about the incident is urged to call 865-436-1580.

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  1. Caroline

    My aunt and uncle live in Gatlinburg, not 10 min walking distance from that trail. My cousin used to run that trail every morning 6 days a week, my aunt too. It’s scary to think someone that sick would do that to a women.

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