Sex evidence under analysis

DETECTIVES continue to investigate the abduction and sexual assault of a girl at Latrobe on Tuesday.

Police believe the man responsible for the attack on the 12-year- old might have a partner and at least one child.

Detective Inspector Robert Gunton said yesterday that officers had finished doorknocking in the Latrobe area.

He said police were reviewing information and continued to appeal to the public for help.

Forensic evidence is being analysed and CCTV footage from the Latrobe town centre is also being examined.

Police revealed on Friday that the suspect's dark grey people- mover had sliding doors on both sides and a child booster seat fitted to the middle row of seats.

This evidence led police to believe that the attacker had a family, who might already have suspicions about who committed the crime.

On Tuesday afternoon the assailant forced the girl into his vehicle when she was walking along a grassed area in south Latrobe.

He drove to Old Deloraine Road at Latrobe, stopped his car on the side of the gravel road and sexually assaulted her.

The attacker then drove to Shale Road at Latrobe, where he released her.

The man is described as having a thin build and being about 175 centimetres tall and clean-shaven with a pale complexion.

His grey-hooded windcheater had grey checks, with some black, and the hood covered his hair.

•Anybody with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or Tasmania Police on 131444.Email ctang@examiner.com.au

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