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Mother and 7-year-old daughter raped by man in woods

June 16, 1997

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. (AP) _ A woman and her 7-year-old daughter were bound with wire and raped by a man they had asked for directions while hiking in a Hudson Valley nature preserve.

The attacks occurred Saturday afternoon in the densely wooded Tivoli Bays Unique Area, which borders the Bard College campus.

No immediate arrests were made.

The attacks were similar to unsolved rapes reported in April and October 1995 in the same area, Sheriff Fred Scoralick said.

The woman told authorities that when she and her daughter got lost in a maze of hiking trails and asked the man for directions, he pulled a camping knife and dragged the two into the woods.

After the man fled, the woman freed herself and her daughter. They suffered cuts and bruises.

Police put up roadblocks and searched the area 90 miles north of New York City with dogs and helicopters. Officers also checked cars, handed out fliers and questioned people door-to-door.

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