Detectives are asking for help in their search for two men involved in sexually assaulting a hitchhiker near Acme on Saturday, June 13.
The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says a woman had been tubing on the Nooksack River with two other people Saturday afternoon before she became separated from her companions and was hitchhiking to her vehicle.
A red pickup truck driven by a man with a toddler was the first to pick her up. At some point that man dropped her off, and two other men picked her up. Those men drove an older, lighter-colored pickup truck that had an extra cab with a short box, according to the sheriff’s office.
The two men took the woman to a location near Acme around 3:30 p.m., and one sexually assaulted her. The other man “did not participate actively,” and is encouraged to contact law enforcement, said Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks.
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Both of the truck’s occupants were described as white with a tan complexion, around 30 years old and wearing Carhartt jeans. One man was shorter, about 5-foot-9, had a neatly kept beard and weighed about 200 pounds. The taller man, around 6-foot-2, had a lanky build and short, messy, strawberry-blond hair.
Anyone with information about the truck, occupants or the assault is encouraged to call the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office at 360-676-6650. Also, if you have video surveillance that captures images of Highway 9 between Strand Road and Acme, the office is looking for footage between 3 and 5 p.m. Saturday to help identify the vehicle.