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13-year-old girl attacked by stranger near Mill Creek Ravine

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Edmonton police are searching for the man who attacked a young girl near Mill Creek Ravine Tuesday morning.

A 13-year-old girl was walking to school on a gravel pathway near 76 Avenue and 95 Street between 7:45 a.m. and 8 a.m. when a man grabbed the back of her neck, Edmonton police said.

She broke free and fled to her school.

The attacker is 30 to 40 years old, approximately six feet tall, and has dark facial hair and a face tattoo, according to police. He was wearing blue jeans and a dark hoodie.

Investigators want to speak with witnesses or anyone who may have seen a man in the area who matches that description.

A young girl was attacked by a stranger in the area of 95 Street and 76 Avenue on Tuesday, May 30, 2023. (EPS)

The girl and the man don't know each, detectives believe.

She's receiving support for the Zebra Child Protection Centre.

A neighbourhood resident said the attack sounded "terrifying."

"There's definitely some crime in this neighbourhood but typically there's some people around so you would not expect someone to be grabbed, but I personally don't typically go into the ravine by myself…it's too isolated," the woman said.

Anyone with information is asked to call EPS at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

A neighbourhood resident said the attack sounded "terrifying."

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