Barrie police close Hurst Park sex-assault investigation without charges

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Editor's note: This story was first published on Oct. 23, 2020

Barrie police has pulled the plug on a sexual-assault investigation that included the circulation of an artist’s sketch of a possible suspect.

The sketch was widely publicized by local media outlets, and police created a direct tip line for information from the public.

But police closed the case without charges following a three-week “thorough, detailed and comprehensive investigation,” according to a media release.

“Investigators have determined that there was never a threat to public safety and, as a result, there will be no further details or updates provided regarding this investigation,” police stated.

Police were called Oct. 1 about a sexual assault that was reported to have taken place in Hurst Park while a woman was walking her dog.

Rick Vanderlinde, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance