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Search continues for GSMNP stabbing suspect

12:01 PM, Jun 9, 2012   |    comments
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Authorities continue to search for the man suspected of stabbing a 44-year-old woman in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

The crime occured Friday afternoon around 3 p.m.

Saturday morning, GSMNP released no new information on the case.  The park service said they will release new details as they become available.

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A woman who was stabbed multiple times in the Smoky Mountains National Park says she was sexually assaulted by the suspect before she was stabbed.

She also says she did not know the man.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, 5'7" with a thin build and a thin mustache.

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A 44-year-old woman is in stable condition after being stabbed multiple times in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

According to Melissa Cobern, a park spokesperson, the woman managed to make her way to the highway and flag down a passing vehicle for help after she was stabbed.

Investigators still do not know if the woman knew the man who stabbed her.  He is described as a white male in his 40s, 5'7" tall with a thin build and a thin mustache. He is wearing black dress pants and a t-shirt, has a tattoo on his stomach, and no distinctive accent.

Rangers and officers with the Gatlinburg Police Department have the area around the Gatlinburg Trail sealed off as they search for the suspect.

"By no means is this common, but national parks are not immune from this sort of thing. This is a very unusual incident. One of the things we try to tell all of our visitors all of the time is to hike with a buddy, tell people where you're going, and make sure they know that and to be watchful of their surroundings," said Park Ranger Kent Cave.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at (865) 436-1230.

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park rangers and Gatlinburg Police are looking for a man who stabbed a woman on a trail in the park.

According to park officials, the learned of the assault on the Gatlinburg Trail around 3:00 p.m.  The victim was taken by helicopter to a UT Medical Center for treatment.

Officials are not releasing any further details.

The suspect is described as a white male in his 40's, 5'7" tall with a thin build and a thin mustache.  He is wearing black dress pants and a t-shirt, has a tattoo on his stomach, and no distinctive accent.

The Gatlinburg Trail is shut down at this time.   The 1.9 mile trail  goes from the Sugarlands Visitor Center to the outskirts of the city of Gatlinburg.

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