Officials with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park released more information about a possible person of interest in last week's assault on the Gatlinburg Trail.
A local couple told investigators they saw a man matching the suspect description on the trail several times last week, including near the time of the attack last Friday.
"During contact with the couple, the unknown man made statements suggesting that he is a roofer," according to a news release from the Smokies. "The man is thought to drive a full-size, dark blue or black, standard-cab pickup truck."
It was not clear, however, if that person is actually the attacker or whether he was telling the truth about his occupation.
The attack happened around 3:00 p.m. last Friday. The victim, a 44-year-old woman, said she was sexually assaulted and then stabbed. She said she did not know her attacker.
According to investigators, the suspect is described as a white male in his 40s, with dirty-blonde crew-cut hair and glasses. He is thin and stands about 5' 9" tall. At the time of the attack, he was wearing black dress pants and a gray t-shirt. He also has multiple tattoos, including one described as a word tattooed across his stomach.
Anyone with information is asked to call the tip hotline at 865-436-1580.
A reward of up to $5,000 is offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction.