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GoFundMe started for woman attacked on East River Trail and her family

Published: Oct. 5, 2021 at 1:29 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 6, 2021 at 3:11 PM CDT
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DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - A GoFundMe account has been created for the family of a woman attacked Tuesday morning on the East River Trail in De Pere, near Allouez.

Donations can be made online at https://gofund.me/89e33546. A $10,000 goal was set, with $3,280 donated so far at the time of this writing.

The woman was on the trail with an infant when she was attacked. Her husband realized they were gone longer than expected and found the 4-week-old lying in the grass. He called police, and officers found the woman 40 to 50 yards away. She survived the attack. Police have not said anything about her condition. The infant was unharmed.

Action 2 News will have updates on the investigation as they become available.

ORIGINAL REPORT

DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - Police say a woman with an infant was attacked on the East River Trail Tuesday morning.

The attack happened on the trail on the north end of De Pere, near Allouez.

The victim’s husband called police shortly before 11:30 after finding the 4-week-old lying in a grassy area. He told police he was looking for his wife after she was gone longer than expected.

“We flooded that area with resources very quickly... and actually located her very quickly once we arrived,” Capt. Jeremy Muraski, De Pere Police Department, said.

Officers found the woman 40 to 50 yards from where the baby was found. She survived the attack. We don’t know her condition or if she’s in a hospital. Police aren’t saying if it was a sexual assault. Officers say the baby wasn’t harmed.

Police believe there was one assailant and that this was a “stranger assault.” Authorities say they have nothing to release about the attacker and aren’t saying if a suspect is in custody.

Police acknowledge they’re not sure if the public is safe. Their advice to people is to use caution.

Muraski said, “I don’t want anyone to think we are blaming the victim for what happened here. That is certainly not the case. You should be able to walk along in a city park or an area trail -- in broad daylight, especially -- without having to worry about this sort of thing. And that’s why we’re going to do everything we can to make sure our investigation is thorough and that it comes to the conclusion we want it to.”

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Muraski says officers are doing a thorough search for physical evidence and closed a section of the recreational trail. We saw officers gathered near the intersection of Tenmile Dr. and Black Earth Dr.

Police have also spoken with some witnesses and want to hear from anyone who might have witnessed something that could help their investigation.

Mark Mitchell was on his bike Tuesday evening on the East River Trail, which he does almost daily.

“I’ve never seen anything odd or out of place, it’s just pretty much a community trail and no problems,” Mitchell of De Pere said.

Yet, the 73 year old said he was surprised to have learned from his wife of an assault that happened nearby.

“When I first heard of it, I thought it was the other trail downtown, and I really didn’t think there was anything out here,” Mitchell said.

East River Trail incident

De Pere Police hold news conference discussing an incident on the East River Trail that brought a large police response.

Posted by WBAY TV-2 on Tuesday, October 5, 2021
De Pere Police respond to scene near East River Trail. Oct. 5, 2021.
De Pere Police respond to scene near East River Trail. Oct. 5, 2021.(WBAY)

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