No arrest in park attack

Wanted posters are up along the Gatlinburg Trail asking for information in the man pictured. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

GATLINBURG, Tenn. (WVLT) -- It has been more than one month since a woman reported being attacked on the Gatlinburg Trail inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Investigators say after hundreds of calls, they still have not figured out who the man is.

Signs are still posted all over the Gatlinburg Trail, asking visitors to give information in the case. According to the Park Service, the 44 year-old victim was assaulted shortly before 3:00 p.m. and stabbed in the neck, shoulder, and hand. Following the attack, she managed to make her way down to the Gatlinburg Bypass where she flagged down a passing motorist.

She was flown to UT Medical Center to be treated for her injuries and was released two days later.

Visitors on the trail say they've thought about the incident since it was reported last month.

"Actually saw it on the news in Nashville," said Steven Roussel, who visits Gatlinburg with his wife about twice a month. "Yeah it kind of surprised me that it had happened and especially the time of day that it had happened."

Roussel says his wife not doesn't walk alone because she's worried an attack could happen again.

"Women especially, you just don't think about walking in our national parks having to be afraid. But you have to be cautious in everything that you do," said Janie Roussel.

Rangers say they believe the attack was isolated and the person who is responsible may not be in Gatlinburg anymore.

Still, there is a $5,000 reward posted for anyone with information leading to an arrest. Anyone with information is asked to call its tip line at 865-436-1580.

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