Woman dragged into bushes, sexually assaulted during morning walk

A Queensland woman was pulled into bushland while out for a morning walk and sexually assaulted.

The 66-year-old woman was walking on a path near Townsville’s Ross River at around 6 a.m. on Wednesday when an unknown man grabbed her.

“She was dragged into the bushland just off the walkway and sexually assaulted,” Senior Sergeant Scot Warrick told reporters.

“While not elderly, she is a vulnerable person of some age.”

After the attack, the woman called Triple-Zero.

She sustained major facial injuries and was admitted to the University Hospital of Townsville for treatment.

The man who remains on the run is described as having a “large build.”

“This is possibly an opportunistic (attack),” Snr Sgt Warrick said.

“We are taking this extremely seriously.”

There has been a crime scene set up.

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