Investigators from the Unified Police Department of Greater Salt Lake have begun a search for suspects after a woman reportedly got attacked while she was out hiking.
Fox 13 Now reported yesterday that the woman – whose name is withheld – was walking up Quarry Trail in Little Cottonwood Canyon around 6:30 PM on Wednesday, when she heard someone crawl up behind her.
Not a Good Time to Hike Alone
She initially thought that it was another hiker, so she moved to the side and cleared up enough space for them to move past her easily. To her utter shock, the person hit her with a stick. Then, he jumped on her while she was still on the ground and tried to strangle her.
“He got me into a chokehold. I’m still screaming trying to get someone’s attention, and finally, some women were coming up the trail, and they saw him,” she explained. “He looked up, and he saw them, and he immediately took off into the woods.”
Although she didn’t get a clear visual on her attacker, the woman described him as a Caucasian man with long brown hair. He’s also said to be in his early 20s.
Investigators confirmed that while they’re patrolling the area in search of the suspect, they don’t have any leads on him. The fact that Talia’s description was a tad generic would also make it more challenging to root out who her attacker is.
As for Talia, she also confirmed that it was her first – and last – time hiking alone. She simply wants others to be aware and take precautions.
“I was very, very lucky for things to have worked out the way they did, and I don’t want anyone else to be in that same situation – especially because he’s still out there and he could do it again,” she said.
Hiking is Becoming More Controversial and Dangerous
Hiking has so far been one of the most prominent outdoor activities in the United States, especially since more and more regions started going into lockdown mode to combat the coronavirus.
More people have been looking to come out to catch some sunlight and stay fit, and in the absence of gyms and other crowd-pulling exercise activities, hiking has become one of the most popular exercises out there.
However, it’s also been a tad controversial. Globally, hiking has caused controversy over its classification as an essential activity. It has also been dangerous for those participating in it.
On Wednesday, KVOA News 4 confirmed that the Southern Arizona Rescue Association and Pima County Sheriff’s Department had to swing to action after a woman from Tucson, Arizona had suffered severe heatstroke while on a hiking trail.
The woman is reportedly in her teens, and according to reports, she got overwhelmed by the heat while on the hiking trail. Thankfully, authorities got to her in good time and were able to transport her to a nearby hospital.