- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

OCEAN SPRINGS, Miss. (AP) - Police are asking the public to help find a rapist who attacked a woman 13 months ago on the Biloxi Bay Bridge.

DNA cleared all 13 men considered suspects, Police Chief Mark Dunston said.

“Because of the transient nature of the Coast, there is no telling where he came from,” Dunston said. “Anyone who has thoughts about this matter, no matter how insignificant, please call. It may be something that leads us to the suspect.”

He said police got lots of tips when they started investigating the Nov. 19, 2014, assault, but the leads have dried up and the case has grown cold, The Sun Herald (https://bit.ly/1memHiZ) reported.

Dunston said the rape is the only crime that has been reported on the Ocean Springs side of the bridge since it opened in November 2007 as a replacement for one destroyed by Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

On the Biloxi side, including land around the foot of the bridge, Police Chief John Miller said, officers have received one report each of a domestic assault, indecent exposure, public drunk and discharging a firearm, along with six cases of property damage, one suicide and one DUI-related death. In addition, he said, police have made 20 DUI-related arrests and investigated six welfare concerns.

A group created after the rape was reported says it has raised $2,700 for security cameras on the bridge, but needs $10,000.

“We really feel like the cameras could not only catch things that are happening but also deter things from happening,” said Robin Cooley, a co-founder of Women Against Violence Everywhere. “Just putting the sign out letting people know they are being monitored is going to help.”

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Information from: The Sun Herald, https://www.sunherald.com

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