Camping parents find adult daughter in Grays Harbor County ditch

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department

The parents of a 21 year old Cosmopolis woman found their daughter in a ditch near Wynoochee Wildwood Park, the victim of an alleged sexual assault. Chief Criminal Deputy Steve Shumate with the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Department tells us last night around 11:19 pm, Grays Harbor E911 received a call of a possible sex offense believed to have occurred on Geissler Road near Wynoochee Wildwood (Montesano).  The victim was a 21 year old Cosmopolis woman who was being transported to Summit Pacific Hospital in Elma by her parents.

Deputies met with the victim and her parents at the hospital.  They learned that the family had been camping at Wynoochee Wildwood.  The victim had been in her tent but at some point, and unbeknownst to her parents, she decided to leave the park and walk toward SR 12.  The victim reported that she started to hitchhike on Geissler Road and a silver colored 4 door car stopped and the male driver offered her a ride.  The victim accepted the offer and reported that after getting in the car, the driver (and sole occupant) sexually assaulted her.  After the assault, the victim was able to exit the vehicle and ended up in the ditch.

The parents (still believing their daughter was in her tent) had left the park and approximately 2 blocks south of the park, observed a female in the ditch.  When they stopped to check on the person, they realized at that point the female was their daughter and took her to the hospital.  The victim was eventually taken to St. Peters Hospital in Olympia for a sexual assault exam.  The victim sustained minor scratches to her hands.

The victim advised that the suspect was a white male between 40-50 years of age, with a full beard and a scar below his left eye.  Investigators will be working today to try and develop additional information.

Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department