VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. – UPDATE: The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that a report of a rape at a park has been determined to be unfounded.
Deputies say the woman who reported the rape does not face charges.
INITIAL STORY: Authorities are investigating a reported rape at a park in Lake Helen, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies said the alleged incident took place early Sunday at Colby-Alderman Park off Massachusetts Street.
The victim, a woman in her 20s, told investigators she went to the park around 10 p.m. Saturday and that while walking back to her car sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on Sunday, a man began following her, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
The woman told deputies the man grabbed her by her neck, threatened and raped her before running off, investigators said in a news release.
According to the woman, the man was described as white and 40-60 years old. The man was about 6 feet to 6 feet 4 inches tall and has a stocky build and brown mid-length hair. He may be wearing a square-shaped earring, deputies said.
Anyone with information about the man or the incident should contact the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office.