Detectives seek information sexual assault at Carter Lake

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives are investigating an assault which occurred on Sunday afternoon, April 28, at the Carter Lake Campground Day Use Area, about 10 miles south of Florence near the Douglas and Lane County Line along Highway 101.  The campground is currently still closed for the season.

At approximately 1:20 p.m., deputies were notified a 66-year-old Veneta woman who had been walking her dogs in the day-use area of the campground was assaulted by a male who was armed. The male was last seen leaving on Highway 101. The male was unknown to the victim but was described as a large person in dark clothing.

Detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have been in the area around the time of the assault and noticed any suspicious persons or vehicles.  

According to a Veneta-area Facebook post, the suspect was armed with a knife and carried had a duffle bag with a drawstring and a bungee cord. The victim, who did not want to be identified, was not stabbed but was beaten up. He was described as very tall, around 6 ‘4” or more, with a large frame (big not fat), maybe in his 30s, and driving a small, white pick-up truck similar to a Datsun mode with no shell or camper.

The suspect was wearing a black Polar fleece-type jacket or hoodie. He had a ski mask, but the victim saw that he had a blond, close-shaved beard. His pick-up was in the parking lot already when the victim arrived and parked to take her walk.

According to the post, police told her that a woman the same age was raped there about a year ago by someone matching the same description.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Division at 541- 440- 4458 or the anonymous tip line at 541- 957-2099.

The Sheriff’s Office provides the following safety tips:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid stopping in secluded areas, if possible.
  • Whenever possible, travel with others.
  • Report suspicious persons and activity to law enforcement.