HOOD RIVER, Ore. (KOIN) — A Hood River Valley High School student told detectives she was sexually assaulted along the Indian Creek Trail on Wednesday.
The teen said the attack happened around 10 a.m., according to Hood River County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect reportedly approached her from behind.
“I don’t know exactly why she walked out… but she left the school grounds at about 9:48 a.m., walked onto the Indian Creek Trail,” Sgt. Pete Hughes said. “When she returned, she reported she had been the victim of a sexual assault.”
The attacker is described as a white man in his late 30s with light brown hair, a medium-to-slender build with stubble on his face. He was reportedly wearing a blue athletic shirt and tan cargo shorts at the time of the attack, deputies said.
Authorities searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect.
Hood River Councilor Becky Brun says she often runs along the Indian Creek Trail.
“It’s space that belongs to all of us,” Brun told KOIN 6 News. “We’re always here looking out for one another and we should be using our trails and be safe.”
Brun organized a Run for Community Strength on the trail Friday at 4:30 p.m.
“It’s really just a way for us to get together and feel better,” she said. “Coming together… and doing something positive to show our support for the victim.”
Sgt. Hughes says anyone running on local trails should take certain precautions to ensure they won’t be victimized in the future.
“Don’t be afraid to be loud, don’t be afraid to be rude,” he said. “[If] someone makes you feel uncomfortable, draw attention to it. They won’t want that attention.”
The investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to call 541.387.7077.