Posted 2 years ago
By Josh Barnhart
Update 9:30 pm:Police say the suspect in a reported sexual assault in Manhattan has been found dead.
The assault occurred early on the morning of Aug. 11 near the campus of Kansas State University, prompting authorities to caution students and the general public against walking alone at night.
Riley County police said Monday that investigators had located a 26-year-old suspect outside their jurisdiction, but the man had died before officers arrived to make an arrest over the weekend.
The man was from northeast Kansas, but police declined to be more precise or to release any details about the death.
Police also said the man was not suspected in any other crimes in the Riley County area.
Original: The following is a news release from the Riley Co. Police Dept.:
The Riley County Police Department and the Kansas State University Police Department are cautioning the K-State community and the general public about walking alone at night after a sexual assault was reported in the early morning hours of August 11, 2013. It was reported that a rape occurred in Manhattan near campus by an unknown suspect. This case is currently under investigation by RCPD.
Those who walk at night are reminded to walk in pairs or small groups. Persons with affiliation to K-State are urged to use services like Wildcat Walk (a free service to students, faculty, staff and guests of KSU).
Those who observe or may have observed suspicious persons or have information about this case are encouraged to contact the Riley County Police Department (785-537-2112) or the Manhattan Riley County Crime Stoppers (785-539-7777). Kansas State University Police Department may also be contacted with tips via an anonymous web service, “Silent Witness” (www.ksu.edu/police/silent).