Woman says she was raped in Bernheim Forest - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Woman says she was raped in Bernheim Forest

Police agencies in Bullitt County are keeping a closer eye on a popular tourist attraction. That's because a 31-year old woman says she was raped at the Bernheim forest in broad daylight yesterday afternoon.

Bullitt County investigators, Kentucky state police and Bernheim Forest security teams are all on high alert. It is something the park has never had to deal with.

Most people enjoy Bernheim Forest, especially in the summertime and strolling the pathways, enjoying the lake and scenic views. The Thorntons from Bardstown, come twice a month.  Sarah Thornton, Regular Visitor says, "It's a very peaceful place and calm and usually safe you think?"

But some may be re-thinking after the Sunday afternoon incident involving a 31-year old woman.  Lt. Shannon West, Kentucky State Police says, "She claimed that a white male suspect, had come from behind as she was walking to a public restroom, and forced her to the ground and raped her."

According to the Kentucky State Police report, the woman was fishing with friends at Lake Nevin, before leaving for the restroom, between the amphitheater and the children's play area.  Reports say the man fled after the attack.

With 14,000 acres and 40 miles of trails, disappearing wasn't a hard feat. The victim says the attacker, was 6'1 to 6'3, 250-300 pounds, possibly bald.  Wearing a dark blue t-shirt, bluejean shorts and white tennis shoes.

West says, "We talked to the sheriff's department and we're working with them, and yes we are going to patrol that area a little more, and we're following up with some leads from some people some witnesses who did see some things."

The Thorntons say they'll continue to visit but Thornton says, "It's scary, you don't think of things like that around here it's scary, it makes you want to stay in your house."

The victim was taken to the Flaget Memorial hospital where she was treated and released.  You are urged to call Kentucky State Police, if you have any information about this incident.

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