Police: OSU rape did not happen as reported

Police: OSU rape did not happen as reported

CORVALLIS, Ore. - A sexual assault by a stranger on an Oregon State student in her dorm room "did not occur as reported," Oregon State Police said Monday in a press release titled "UPDATE: OSP CLOSES RAPE INVESTIGATION AT OSU CAMPUS."

"After an extensive investigation including analyzing all of the potential evidence including DNA, conducting numerous interviews, and follow up with the student, it has been determined that the reported sexual assault did not occur as reported," the release says. "State Police investigators are confident in reporting that there is not a specific threat to the community related to this investigation."

The release also said "additional information, including the name of the student will not be released. Appropriate referrals to campus resources have been made."

Police do not believe a crime took place that night, Oregon State Police said.

In the release, state police reiterate their commitment to investigate reports of sexual assault "in a caring and sensitive manner, with a protocol that includes victim advocacy and utilizes campus resources. We encourage all survivors of sexual assault to report those assaults to the appropriate law enforcement agency for investigation."

State police had released a suspect description and conducted an investigation that revealed security cameras at the dorm were not functioning at the time of the alleged attack.

The student, who lived alone, reported that a white male with a heavy build and short spiky hair had entered her room during the night and assaulted her.

More than 3,500 hundred students live in on campus residence halls at Oregon State University. Police have not identified the residence hall where the alleged incident took place.