Sheriff: Woman sleeping in car awakes to man 'sexually molesting' her on Oregon Coast

(Image via Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

GARDINER, Ore. – A woman reported waking up to a man "sexually molesting" her in her car Thursday, the Douglas County Serhiff's Office said.

The woman called 911 around 1:15 p.m. to report the assault on Sparrow Park Road outside Gardiner.

"Deputies arrived and contacted an adult female who had been sleeping in her vehicle along the roadway," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "The female told deputies she awoke to find an unknown male adult sexually molesting her. The male left after the forcible incident."

The woman was taken to the hospital and later released, the sheriff's office said.

The identity of the suspect is not yet known, the sheriff's office said.

Detectives ask anyone who was on Sparrow Park Road on Thursday to call (541) 440-4471.

"Those individuals may have observed something that would help investigators solve this case," the sheriff's office said. "Tips and information may also be emailed to"

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