By Megan Miller, Editor
CLAY – Just before noon on Tuesday, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a suspicious person at Cosby Lake Park.
Hannah VanSlambrouck was jogging around the trail reported she saw a man standing off the trail at the north end of the park. When she made another lap, the man was reportedly smiling at her and exposing himself.
“He was standing there and looking down at his phone and ‘getting off,’” VanSlambrouck said. She also said there were two other young women walking around the park at the time of the incident, who she asked to call the police.
“Since I was running all I had with me was my car key,” VanSlambrouck said.
Witnesses said the suspect fled the area in a green Ford Expedition. The area was searched, but the suspect was not located.
“I wanted to see if he stayed around,” VanSlambrouck said. “By the time I got to where the cars were parked, the police were pulling in.”
The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20’s, 5’11” tall with brown hair. He was wearing blue jeans, a green shirt and a camouflage ball cap.
“We thought about moving our cameras over there, but we figured that was just going to scare him away,” Clay Mayor Charles Webster said.
Webster said the Sheriff’s Department has surveillance on the grounds of the park currently.
“Hopefully we can track him down,” Webster said.
VanSlambrouck said she hopes that by speaking out the park will remain safe and family friendly.
“I’m 5’8” and I’m pretty assertive, so I didn’t think he was going to do anything to me, but a 5’2” high school student might have a different reaction,” VanSlambrouck said.
Anyone with information should call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 325-1450.