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RCMP officers are searching for a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a woman in Duncan.

On Wednesday, June 6th, the woman reported that she was walking along a trail near the Trans-Canada Highway between Chaster Road and Boys Road when she was pulled into the woods and sexually assaulted.

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are now looking for the suspect who is described as a Caucasian man in his mid-30’s, standing 5’7″-5’8″ tall, and weighing approximately 200 lbs.

He has short dark brown hair, a dark brown goatee, and an athletic build. At the time of the incident, he was wearing black cargo shorts, a white t-shirt and black sunglasses.

In addition to the search, officers are also reminding Islanders to take the following precautions while out walking:

  • Do not wear your headphones
  • Do not walk alone or in dark areas
  • Travel in well-lit and populated areas
  • Report any suspicious activity to your local police immediately

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP at 250-748-5522 or Crime Stoppers at cowichancrimestoppers.com. You can also text a tip by typing “Cowichan” plus your tip to 274637, or call 1-800-222-8477.