Comox Valley RCMP has released a sketch of a suspect who allegedly sexually assaulted a 34-year-old woman in Courtenay in April 2018.

Police said the woman reported she was walking in Sandwick Park on April 11, 2018, at around 7:30 p.m. when she was grabbed from behind by an unknown man. The woman told police she was forced into a forested area where she was sexually assaulted.

The suspect is described as a Caucasian man, approximately 35 to 45-years-old and approximately 5’9″ tall. At the time of assault, the suspect had light reddish coloured hair with similar coloured facial hair. He was wearing a black jacket and possibly dark jeans.

“This has been a very active investigation since it was reported last April Const. Shana MacQuarrie with the Comox Valley RCMP Major Crime Unit said in a statement.

“We are hopeful that the release of this sketch will prompt a member of the public to contact the RCMP and assist us in identifying the suspect.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Comox Valley RCMP at 250-338-1321 and refer to file 2018-4964. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at http://comoxvalleycrimestoppers.bc.ca.

Police have released this sketch of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Courtenay on April 11, 2018. (Comox Valley RCMP)
Police have released this sketch of a man wanted in connection with a sexual assault in Courtenay on April 11, 2018. (Comox Valley RCMP)
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