The Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call from a woman who reports she was sexually assaulted in the wooded area near the entrance of Sandy Pointe in Bluffton.
Officials say they received the call a little before 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. The woman reported that shortly after 7 p.m., while walking on a trail in the wooded area, a male approached her and tried to sexually assault her. Deputies say she was grabbed from behind, leaving BCSO deputies with a vague description of the suspect.
“This particular case, we don't have a lot of info on the suspect. No facial features, height, race. The ingredients that go into a description,” said Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Bob Bromage. “We're still working on that. Emergency medical services responded to the scene as well and treated the victim for minor injuries and of course evidence collection. We got it from the scene and the victim as well."
The woman was able to get a way and call law enforcement immediately.
"We responded, set up a perimeter, called in the K-9s, we were unable to locate any subject," said Capt. Bob Bromage. "The victim was not able to get a very good description of the subject to us. We're still working on the case and looking into it but we don't have a suspect identity at this point or a further description to release."
The sheriff's office is encouraging everyone to see something, say something. They identify that an increase in population over the summer increases the opportunities for criminals.
Anyone with information is urged to call Emergency Dispatch at 911.