Woman says she was raped by Tinder date outside Blue Spring State Park

Volusia County Sheriff's Office investigates

By Jennifer Ortega - Reporter

ORANGE CITY, Fla. - Deputies with the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a report that a woman was raped by a man she met on Tinder, the dating app.

Detectives have launched a sexual battery investigation, and they’re looking to identify the man responsible.

The 43-year-old victim met the man online and the two arranged a date. On Saturday night, the man picked up the woman in his car and drove her to the area of West French Avenue and Becker Boulevard, in Orange City, to a secluded spot at the entrance of Blue Spring State Park, according to an incident report from the Sheriff’s Office.

The rape took place inside the vehicle, the report said.

Visiting the area on Tuesday, the only lights News 6 noticed on the street are the ones that light up the state park sign. 

News 6 spoke to a guard at the park entrance and he said the only people who typically travel on the road are campers entering the park. The gates close at 7 p.m., the guard added.

The sexual battery was reported to authorities early Sunday morning, after the woman’s friends brought her to a hospital in the area, where she told officials she’d been raped.

Examining the dating app policies listed on Tinder's website, it says under the Safety tab that users are solely responsible for their interactions, and that the site does not conduct criminal background checks, so people should be cautious if they decide to meet in person.

News 6 contacted Tinder for a comment, but we are waiting to hear back.

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