Detective John Suttle with the Burke County Sheriff's Office.
But that doesn't mean that anyone, male or female, should let their guard down when out alone.
"Everyone should use caution when they are out at night," Suttle said. Suttle
said the Sheriff's Office is still investigating the case of a 44-year-old Hickory woman who was found naked with a broken hip in the Henry River Mill area July 24.
said a man picked up the victim around midnight on July 23 near the Budget Inn in Hickory.
The woman told police the man took her
to the Henry River Dam, raped her
and forced her
to walk naked in the direction of the drop-off near the dam.
Shortly into the investigation, Burke County law enforcement officials were investigating the possibility of the case being related to three other rape and assault cases in Hickory and Catawba County.
said the Burke County Sheriff's Office
will continue to work with the FBI, SBI, Hickory Police Department and Catawba Sheriff's Department