for immediate release
July 20, 2002

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The vehicle was found Saturday night (July 20) near the Goodwill store on North Beal Parkway. The vehicle was discovered by a patrol deputy. This location is a few blocks from where the victim was abducted. Nobody was present with the vehicle when it was located. It has been towed to a secure facility for evidence processing. 

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a kidnapping and sexual battery reported early this morning (Saturday morning). A 26 year old woman reports she was accosted at gunpoint by a stranger, taken into the woods of the Eglin reservation, and sexually attacked.

The victim was abducted as she walked eastbound along Hurlburt Field Road, approaching Beal Parkway, at approximately 3:30 to 4:00 o'clock Saturday morning. Her assailant covered her head with a bag and bound her hands and feet. She was driven to a location on Air Force property off of Martin Luther King Boulevard, sexually attacked, then released. She walked to a store on Beal Parkway and called authorities. The victim was examined at Fort Walton Beach Medical Center; she did not have any significant physical injuries.

The suspect is a white male, approximately six-foot-one to six-two, 180 to 190 pounds. He brandished a dark colored automatic handgun, and was wearing sunglasses and a scarf. He is believed to have been driving a red 1994 Isuzu Rodeo with Florida tag G01 DIE. That vehicle was reported stolen sometime overnight from a residence in the Ocean City area.

Anybody with any information about the suspect or the vehicle should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS (863-8477).


for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420