UPDATE: MU student reports rape outside fraternity house

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 | 8:01 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police made more details available Wednesday about a rape reported outside an MU fraternity house.

The 19-year-old MU student who reported being raped outside of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity house early Saturday morning had attended a party at the house.

The woman told police she was waiting for a ride outside the house at 24 E. Stewart Road around 1 a.m. when a man approached and raped her, Public Information Officer Jessie Haden said.

The woman said the man grabbed her hand and led her around to the side of the house, where he began kissing her. He persisted despite her telling him to stop and pushing him away, Haden said.

The woman went home immediately after the incident and spoke with a friend before deciding to contact police. Officers were dispatched to the woman’s residence around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Haden said.

The only description the woman could provide about the suspect was that he was about 5 feet 6 inches tall and of average or slightly muscular build. Haden later added that the woman believed the man might also have been present at the party but said she had not interacted with him earlier that night.

Haden said there are no suspects.

Haden said the report indicated the woman first went to the Student Health Center for an examination but later went to University Hospital for a follow-up.

Evidence gathered during the examination includes the clothing the woman was wearing when she was attacked and photographs of red marks on her neck. Investigators also took pictures of potential areas outside the fraternity house where the rape might have occurred. The evidence has been turned over to the Columbia Police Department’s investigative unit.

The woman told police that a knee problem was exacerbated by the attack.

Haden said police had been in contact with the fraternity’s risk management officer.

The investigation will proceed after the police talk to the woman again and determine what action she would like taken.

“However, we try to investigate as thoroughly as possible now,” Haden said. “So even if she contacts us in a month and wants us to pursue this, a whole month won’t have passed without us collecting whatever evidence there is.”

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