Woman says she was attacked on Traverse City trail

A woman says she was attacked while walking her dog on the TART trail in Traverse City over the weekend.

Sunday afternoon, a woman was walking on the trail near Boardman Lake behind Art Van when a man came up behind her, placed her in a bear hug and attempted to move her into a wooded area.

The woman was able to break away and return home.

The man is identified by the victim as being a while male or Native American, in his late twenties or early thirties. He was described as medium build, with long black hair that was pulled back into a pony tail. He was last seen wearing a red fitted short sleeve shirt and baggy jeans.

Grand Traverse County Sheriff's investigators have received several tips and put together a photo lineup of possible suspects. Wednesday a forensic sketch artist with the Michigan State Police will be in Traverse City to work with the victim.

If you have any information about this incident or know the identity of the man, you are asked to contact the Grand Traverse Sheriff's Office at 231-995-5000 or Central Dispatch at 231-922-4550.

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