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Authorities Search for Suspect After Hiker Assaulted in Haleakala Crater

On Sunday, July 15, a female hiker reported being assaulted in Haleakala Crater.

The assailant was described as a male in his late 30’s male, about 5-feet-9 inches tall and wearing black pants and a black t-shirt.

National Park Service rangers are attempting to locate the individual and are actively searching the entire crater area with the assistance of the Hana District of Maui Police Department and the Department of Land and Natural Resources.

Visitor Access to the crater from the Summit and Kipahulu Districts is closed through the Wednesday afternoon July 18, 2018. No cabin or backcountry camping permits will be issued until further notice. Visitors are welcome in all frontcountry (accessible by road) areas of the Summit and Kipahulu Districts (including the Pīpīwai Trail). Sunrise visitation at the Summit on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings is open to reservation holders and tours.

Anyone with information on the incident should contact National Park Service Dispatch at 808-985-6179 or Maui Police Department at 808-244-6400

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