Crimestoppers issues $2500 reward to catch Fort Valley serial rapist
Several representatives from law enforcement agencies in the area say figuring who is behind the rape incidents is going to take a community effort.
“What we’re being led to believe it’s a young black male between the ages of early 20’s to mid 20’s, 5’6″ to 5′ 8″ tall, slender build,” Peach County Sheriff Terry Deese said.
That’s about all the information law enforcement officials are releasing as of now.
The investigation into the recent rape and sexual assault cases near Fort Valley State University is still leading officers to a dead end.
“We are finding very little evidence at each of these scenes,” J.T. Ricketson with the G.B.I. said.
As students wrap up the school year, the campus is still on edge.
“We have focused a lot of our resources in this general area because the incidents are pretty confined to that area,” Deese said.
Representatives that make up the task force assigned to finding the accused serial rapist say it’s going to take a community effort to catch him and they’re hoping a $2500 helps.
“We want people to understand that this is not your normal type of incident,” Fort Valley Police Public Safety Director Lawrence Spurgeon said.
“We’ve increased manpower. Everybody out there has increase manpower, trying to get this guy off the streets,” Deese said.
Officials say they have reasons to believe it’s the same individual responsible for the series of attacks.
“No stones have been left untouched as far as the resources that we have contacted to try to help us,” Deese said.
Until they find him, residents and students are asked to keep their doors and windows locked, remain vigilant, and call 911 if they see anything that looks unusual.
“A lot of times people overlook things that they think are not important, anything that you think might be suspicious…report that,” Spurgeon said.
Both the Peach County Sheriff’s Office and the Fort Valley Police Department contributed $1000 each to the reward along with $500 from Crimestoppers.
If you have any information that can help catch the serial rapist in Fort Valley call Crimestoppers at 478-742-2330.
Fort Valley State University officials say eight women have taken advantage of the opportunity to move on-campus for free in light of the recent incidents.
FVSU is allowing any female student who lives off-campus and didn’t feel safe to move. Officials say they’re still continuing to receive requests.