Few leads 'trickling in' about identity of rape suspect

Police urge public to continue offering tips
By Tanya Mitchell | Jul 17, 2012
Source: Waldo County Sheriff's Office An artist's rendering of the male suspect police are seeking in connection with a sexual assault that was reported May 7 in Stockton Springs.

Stockton Springs — Waldo County Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton used one word to describe the status of the investigation of an alleged sexual assault on a 61-year-old woman in Stockton Springs more than two months ago — "dead."

That's not to say the sheriff's office isn't committed to continuing its search for the unknown man, but Trafton said the many leads police have investigated over the last couple of months have yet to produce an arrest in connection with the May 7 incident.

Trafton said he remains hopeful that the public will continue to offer information that may lead police to the alleged attacker. While the number of tips WCSO has received so far has waned in recent weeks, Trafton said police are still getting occasional calls from members of the public about the case.

"We got another tip last week," said Trafton Monday, July 16. "There are still some tips trickling in, and the guys are following up on them."

Last month, WCSO released an artist's sketch of the suspect in the hope of generating a few more leads. That followed a press conference that the WCSO conducted a few days after the alleged victim reported the rape.

The male suspect is described as being between the ages of 35 and 45 years old, 6 feet tall, with light hazel to bluish eyes and dark hair. Police say the man has a very distinctive hook-shaped scar or possibly a tattoo on the right side of his face and may have the word "HATE" tattooed across his left fingers. Police believe he was driving a blue car with a large white decal on the hood on the day of the alleged attack.

During the May 11 press conference Trafton said the male offender had approached the woman and said he was a former renter at her residence. He then asked the woman if he could retrieve some items he said he had left under a back porch, Trafton said. When the woman followed the man behind the house the man allegedly assaulted her to the point where she may have lost consciousness, Trafton said.

The residence, which was only identified as being near the Stockton Springs Elementary School, was described as being located off the "main drag," Trafton said.

Anyone with information about the case or the suspect is asked to contact the WCSO at 338-2040.

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