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Grafton detectives reopen cold case into sexual assault

POLICE have reopened the cold case of an 18-year-old woman who was sexually assaulted in Grafton 11 years ago.

Advancements in technology means DNA samples taken from the scene can now be forensically examined.

About 5.30pm on Monday May 15 2002, an 18-year-old woman was approached by two males while walking her bike along a footbridge in Grafton.

The woman was forcibly taken under the bridge where she was sexually assaulted.

Despite an exhaustive investigation by officers from the Coffs / Clarence Local Area Command, no arrest was made over the incident.

Police today confirmed they have recommenced inquiries, and are appealing for public assistance into the sexual assault.

"Strike Force Morehead" was established by Grafton detectives who are waiting for the DNA test results.

Investigators are again appealing for public assistance in an attempt to identify and locate the offenders involved.

The offenders are described as young and of dark complexion with thin builds.

Strike Force detectives are also keen to speak to a male with the nickname 'Abs' as it's believed he may be able to assist with inquiries.

Anyone with information about this incident should phone Grafton detectives or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page at www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.

Information provided will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

Police remind people they should not report crime information via Facebook and Twitter pages.

Topics:  cold case crime grafton police sexual assault


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