Persons of interest sought in sexual assault investigation

North Cowichan-Duncan

2023-05-30 12:28 HAP

Dossier nº 2023-7595

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Investigators from the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying two persons of interest in a sexual assault investigation.

On May 16, 2023, just before 7 p.m., North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP responded to the 200-block of Trans Canada Highway in Duncan after a woman reported being sexually assaulted by an unknown man while she was walking on a trail between McAdam park and Tzouhalem Rd/Trunk Rd.

Police conducted immediate patrols in an effort to locate a suspect, however no one was found. The victim was taken to hospital where she received medical treatment.

A thorough video surveillance canvas was conducted and several witness statements have been taken.

Police are looking to speak with the first person of interest, who helped the victim get to the gas station where she was able to call for help. He is described as a man wearing a black t-shirt and grey shorts.

2023-06-01 UPDATE: This first man has been identified and therefore his photo has been removed.

The second person of interest is described as wearing a blue tank top and black shorts who appeared to be in the area before the victim was able to get help.

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‘Every investigation is unique and we must take considerable care to gather evidence, work with victims and then provide accurate and current information to the public, says Inspector Chris Bear, Officer in Charge of the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP. Investigators are now seeking the public’s help in identifying these two persons of interest. Police believe these individuals may have crucial information to help advance this investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522.

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Cap. Alex Bérubé
S.-off.-cons. de district (relations avec les médias)
District de l’île
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