Police seeking suspect following alleged sexual assault

The RCMP are actively searching for a suspect following incident at Boundary Creek Provincial Park

Midway RCMP are seeking the public’s help after a man sexually assaulted a woman on Tuesday at Boundary Creek Provincial Park.

The alleged assault occured in the washrooms of the park between 9:30 and 9:50 a.m. on July 4, according to a B.C. RCMP news release.

Police are still actively searching for the suspect who has not yet been identified.

A 69-year-old woman was travelling alone in her vehicle on Highway 3, police said. She observed “a man in a newer silver Toyota” pull up beside her car, look at her, and pull in behind her.

The woman reported to RCMP that he followed her until she pulled into Boundary Creek Provincial Park to use the restroom, where she saw him continue driving westbound.

However, as she was exiting the washroom, the woman was allegedly confronted by the man, who physically forced her back into the washroom where she was sexually assaulted.

The woman was able to physically fight off the suspect and escape in her vehicle, driving to the Midway RCMP detachment. She has suffered minor injuries, police said.

RCMP are continuing to search Highway 3 and Highway 33 for the suspect, with assistance from Kelowna RCMP, South Okanagan RCMP and Grand Forks RCMP in addition to the RCMP helicopter.

The park has been reopened following its initial closure in conjunction with the police investigation.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man in his forties, approximately 6-feet tall and of an average build. He is described as having short blond and brown hair with a greying mustache.

He was last seen wearing a blue on blue plaid shirt with a western yoke and pearl snaps, pointed black cowboy boots with curled up toes, black jeans with a belt which may have had an eagle or a bird emblem.

He may have had a chain attaching his wallet to his jeans, police said.

“Police are pursuing all avenues of investigation available to identify the man allegedly responsible for this random sexual assault,” said Sgt. Annie Linteau, E Division Senior Media Relations Officer.

“We urge anyone who may have any information as to the suspect’s identity to contact police immediately. We also are encouraging the public, especially those travelling alone, to remain vigilant and take every precaution to enhance their own personal safety”.

Anyone who has any information about this incident is asked to contact Midway RCMP at 250-449-2244.

Just Posted

Cokato resident receives Order of Canada

Dr. Bryan Kolb has been instrumental in helping society understand what happens inside our heads

Fernie Alpine Resort opens for preview weekend

Fernie Alpine Resort will be opening for a preview weekend, this Saturday and Sunday

Local boys raise money for sick children in unconventional way

Four local boys have found a way to use their passion for… Continue reading

Skid Steer stolen from Sparwood Transfer Station

Elk Valley RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance with a theft that… Continue reading

Golf pro has big plans for Sparwood Golf Course

Golf pro looks to a promising future for golf in Sparwood

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Mainroad discusses road conditions, standards

Last week, Mainroad, the Ministry of Transportation, the City of Fernie and… Continue reading

Sparwood florist to compete nationally

The Maple Leaf Cup; where art and flower design meet under one… Continue reading

Stiff fine for B.C. man caught trafficking bear parts

A Cache Creek resident was charged after an undercover sting operation by conservation officers

Vandals pour fake blood on statues at B.C. church

Church members concerned about string of acts of vandalism and possible escalation

Man linked to Shuswap farm where human remains found to appear in court

A rally will be held on the Vernon courthouse steps prior to Curtis Sagmoen’s appearance

B.C. snow plow operator helps save elderly man

The 73-year-old man had fallen at his isolated home, and finally was able to call for help

Wildlife group challenges B.C.’s interpretation of law on destroying bears

Fur-Bearers are challenging a conservation officer’s decision to kill a bear cub near Dawson Creek

Tourism numbers continue to climb in B.C.

The majority of international travellers to British Columbia are coming from Australia

Most Read