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ELK CITY – Last month a woman was raped in Elk City, and the Idaho County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in its investigation.

The incident was reported Monday, Aug. 11, around 10:30 p.m., at the Framing Our Communities cabin on Main Street at which a male subject raped a juvenile female, according to Detective Jerry Johnson, Idaho County Sheriff’s Office. The subject was believed to have been a stranger to the victim.

At this time, details on the perpetrator, circumstances of the incident and whether, if any, injuries to the victim are unavailable.

“Law enforcement is limiting the dissemination of information due to the active investigation,” Johnson said.

Investigators are looking for information from the public, who may have observed unusual or suspicious activities around this time and location, to assist them in locating the perpetrator.

Call ICSO at 983-1100.

Incidents of rape – at least those reported to law enforcement – are fairly uncommon in Idaho County, in comparison to other more reported crimes such as larceny and assault. The ICSO Records Department has taken 58 rape reports since Jan. 1, 2004, which to clarify, some are determined to be unfounded. Jonson said date rape or rape by an acquaintance is more common within the county than by someone who is a stranger.

The last stranger rape was reported in Grangeville, July 5, 2008, when a 71-year-old woman was raped in her North Second Street residence. No suspect has been identified in this case, and the victim in this matter is since deceased.


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