After a thorough investigation, the Waxahachie Police Department has suspended the investigation relating to the alleged sexual assault on the Waxahachie Creek Hike and Bike trail that was reported Oct. 12. As a part of the investigation, numerous persons were contacted, many lab tests were run and multiple interviews with the victim were conducted. “During the course of the lengthy investigation, discrepancies and inconsistencies were found in both the statements of the victim and evidence recovered in this case. Additionally, the interviews and lab results did not result in any information that could lead investigators to support the allegations as reported by the victim,” said Chuck Edge, Waxahachie police chief.
“Following this thorough investigation, the Waxahachie Police Department has concluded that the incident did not occur as originally reported and the decision has been made to suspend this case,” Edge said.
The alleged incident, reported last October, was the first reported incident of this nature on the Waxahachie Creek Hike and Bike Trail. The trail was opened in 2000 and covers nearly eight miles, stretching from Getzendaner Park to Lions Park. Hundreds of walkers, runners and bikers use the trail each week. After a period of uncertainty among trail users, city leaders are confident that the police department’s suspension of the case will help to ease the public’s concerns.
“When this incident was reported, it was a very unsettling feeling for everyone that lives in Waxahachie. The police department was extremely thorough in the investigation and I believe that the findings on the case will definitely help to relieve people’s fear,” said Paul Stevens, city manager.
City officials did say that although the findings of the investigation will help to put the public at ease, that it is always a good idea to be “safety-minded” when using the trail.
The city will soon launch a marketing campaign for the trail that highlights safety, health and wellness tips. The campaign is sponsored by Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie and will be introduced to the public next month.