WOODBURY, Minn. (WCCO) – Woodbury Police have determined a sexual assault reported back in April did not happen, authorities said Tuesday.
A 33-year-old woman contacted police on April 23 on told them that at about 5:30 a.m. that day, she was sexually assaulted while out for a jog early in the morning. The incident she reported happened in Markgrafs Lake Park along a walking path on the northeast side of the lake. The park is located in the northeast area of Woodbury.
The woman was not able to give police a description of the suspect at the time because it was dark out during the incident. The alleged sexual assault put residents on high alert, and citizens were urged not to use the park alone. Police also never made an arrest in connection with the alleged incident.
After a full investigation, police determined that the incident in fact did not happen. Woodbury Public Safety Director Lee Vague said in a statement Tuesday that the city wants to reassure residents who have expressed concerns about their safety.
“As always, residents are encouraged to take personal safety precautions by being aware of their surroundings, traveling in numbers and keeping to well-lighted areas,” Vague said.