British Columbia

Woman's assault near Fraserview Golf Course shocks residents

A 28-year-old woman is recovering from serious injuries following an attack near a golf course in southeast Vancouver.

Woman, 28, was walking with her dog when she was assaulted on Sunday morning

A woman was assaulted on this trail by the Fraserview Golf Course on Sunday morning. (Mike McArthur/CBC)

Residents of southeast Vancouver say they're shocked and concerned by a recent assault on a 28-year-old woman early Sunday morning close to a nearby golf course. 

Const. Brian Montague said the victim was walking her dog on the trails around the Fraserview Golf Course shortly before 8 a.m. PT Sunday when she was assaulted.

A passing jogger found the woman and called police.

Area resident Carolyn Friesen regularly runs along the trail where the assault took place. She has lived near the golf course for 48 years.

"It's scary," she said. "I have to find a new place with more people around."

Beth Orson said she's concerned about running on the trail around the Fraserview Golf Course, as she usually does with her three dogs, following a recent assault on a 28-year-old woman. (Mike McArthur)

Beth Orson, another resident, often jogs around the golf course with her three dogs.

"I was horrified," said Orson. "I see regulars every morning, so I immediately started thinking about the people I know who do this, especially the single women."

The incident is one of many similar attacks on women exercising outdoors in the early-morning hours.

In March a 30-year-old woman was sexually assaulted while she was jogging in Point Grey.

The year before, a woman was sexually assaulted while out on her morning jog around Stanley Park

In 2009 the body of Wendy Ladner-Beaudry, sister of former Vancouver city councillor Peter Ladner, was found off a trail in Vancouver's Pacific Spirit Park.

Five years later, the unsolved killing was ruled a random attack by the RCMP.

Officers still searching for the suspect

Officers spent most of the day on Sunday searching for a suspect, gathering evidence and locating witnesses, but have not made an arrest.

The victim was treated in hospital but was released later in the day.

Montague says anyone with information about the attack should contact Vancouver police.

With files from Canadian Press