Sketch released of man who tied NC woman to tree near Blue Ridge Parkway

BLACK MOUNTAIN, N.C. – US National Park Service Rangers are investigating an assault at the Craggy Gardens Picnic Area on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Buncombe County Emergency Management says a woman was taken to the hospital after being assaulted near the Parkway.

Emergency vehicles near the scene where the missing woman was found on Thursday. WLOS photo
Emergency vehicles near the scene where the missing woman was found on Thursday. WLOS photo

Various media outlets have reported that the 64-year-old woman was found tied to a tree after being missing for several hours on May 12.

The National Park Service has released a sketch of the suspect in the investigation.

They say the man is approximately 50 years old with salt-and-pepper hair.

He is believed to have partially grown in (scruffy) facial hair.

They think he was wearing a light or faded grey short sleeve T-shirt and baggy blue pants that appear to be old and faded.

He was also wearing a dark pair of tennis shoes.

They also say the man may appear and smell of a musty odor of being unwashed for several days.

WSPA received a recording of the radio traffic from the Buncombe County Emergency Operations Center.

They say that the woman was found tied to a tree.

Emergency workers near the scene where the missing woman was found on Thursday. WLOS photo
Emergency workers near the scene where the missing woman was found on Thursday. WLOS photo

Radio 1 – “Very suspicious.”

Radio 2 – “…You serious about D.O.A?”

Radio 1 – “She’s not deceased at this time, but she is tied to a tree. This is the one we’ve been looking for.”

— WNCN contributed to this report

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