"Detectives are working on several leads. We continue to ask anyone who has any information about this case to contact the Vernon police."
That was a summary on Wednesday of an investigation into an alleged attempted sexual assault on one section of the Rails-to-Trails system from Lt. Meier of the Vernon Police Department after police spent a second evening this week interviewing people who live near the trails.
Meier said residents have called in "a lot" of tips.
Police said a woman was assaulted on the Vernon Rails-To-Trails system on Sept. 19 at about 7 p.m.
The crime is believed to be, "a sexually motivated attack," based on information obtained by detectives, Grady said. Police also believe the suspect has frequented the Rails-To-Trails system. It took place on the stretch of trail between Route 30 abd Center Road, police said.,
The suspect is being described as a white male, about mid-30s, between 5-foot-9 and 6-feet tall, with a thin build. Police said the suspect has gray hair styled in a crew cut. The Suspect was wearing a white T-shirt and dark colored athletic shorts at the time of the crime, police said.
Police are asking members of the public to concentrate more on the actual description than a composite sketch of the suspect released last week. The sketch is computer-generated based on description input, but can become quite generic, in this case making it look like the suspect has dark hair rather than gray.
Police said the Suspect would have been unaccounted for on Wednesday night, likely between the hours of 6 and 7:30 p.m. The Suspect is in good physical shape and is believed to frequently run on the Rails-To-Trails system, he said.
Since the incident, the suspect may have changed his activity and/or behavior and his schedule schedule by no longer running on the trails or even exercising around that time frame, Grady said.
He added the suspect may have also changed his appearance since the incident.
Anyone with information is urged to call Vernon Detectives at 860-872-9126. Callers can remain anonymous, police said.