Officials: Assault on teen girl in Riga Wednesday didn’t happen


The incident sparked a full-scale search effort from multiple law enforcement agencies.

RIGA, N.Y. (WROC) — Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say an assault on a 14-year-old girl Wednesday, that sparked a full-scale search effort with multiple law enforcement agencies, didn’t actually happen as initially reported.

Officials originally said that a 14-year-old girl was assaulted by a man while running on a trail near the Churchville-Riga border between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. Wednesday.

However, a day later, officials said that assault did not actually occur. Instead, they now say that the girl likely suffered a fall due to a medical issue on the trail, near Churchville Park, that may have rendered her unconscious and confused.

Deputies would not say specifically what type of medical condition the teen girl may have endured, but said there is no threat to the public and that deputies are no longer looking for a suspect. Officials added that there will be no charges lobbied in connection to this incident.

Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference Thursday at 3 p.m. to explain more details regarding this incident.

Wednesday, officials said after the teen girl was assaulted, she returned home to call 911. After speaking with the victim and her family, authorities launched a full-scale investigation, setting up a perimeter of the area, and using K9s, drones, and a helicopter in their search efforts.

At the time, the teen girl described a suspect to authorities as a male of medium complexion wearing a sleeveless or short-sleeved shirt.

Officials from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office say surveillance video helped them come to their conclusion Thursday.

Check back with News 8 WROC as we will continue to update this developing story.

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