Many of you have no doubt heard about the tragic assault on Jenn Gibbons, the woman attempting to raise $150,000 for breast cancer charity by rowing 1,500 miles around Lake Michigan solo. According to the Daily Mail:
Police believe her attacker may have carefully tracked her movement through her blog, waiting until she was vulnerable to strike.
In the early morning hours of July 22, Miss Gibbons was staying along Lake Michigan in Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County.
She said that a man broke into the cabin of her boat and raped her – identifying her by her full name.
‘It was terrifying. He told me he knew where to find me,’ she said.
Despite this terrible event Jenn is going to finish her row around the lake, saying “I still believe that there are more good people in the world than bad” though on the Row4ROW blog she states she “will no longer be alone” in order to ensure her safety. The Row4ROW website includes information about the horrible event and the perpetrator:
Jenn was set to row to Beaver Island on Sunday morning but was attacked and sexually assaulted by a man in the early morning hours. The attack occurred in an area south of Gulliver along Lake Michigan in Mueller Township, Schoolcraft County, Mich. Investigators have reason to believe the assailant traveled a significant distance to commit the assault. The suspect is described as a white male in his 30s, approximately 5’8” to 6’ tall, with a fair amount of facial stubble hair, but not a full beard nor mustache. The man has light eyes, an average to athletic build and shorter well-kept hair. He was wearing a grayish green t-shirt, jean shorts and tennis shoes. A bright yellow Jeep Wrangler was seen in the area. It has a spare tire on the back with a yellow smiley face on it. Investigators are seeking information about this vehicle.
Michigan State Police have also released a sketch of the suspect:
If you have any information or leads, we encourage you to contact the Michigan State Police at 1-866-411-0018. If you would like to donate to Row4ROW and help support Jenn’s bravery in continuing her journey, click here.