University of Utah police have suspended an investigation into a rape that allegedly occurred Oct. 31 in a campus parking lot.
A woman, who is a student at the U., told police that she was attacked by a man who wore a Grim Reaper-style mask, held her at gunpoint and raped her in her car, which was parked in a lot near the Merrill Engineering Building midday. She described the man as wearing all black and standing about 6 feet tall; she said he left on foot after the alleged assault.
But after "process[ing] evidence from the scene," "review[ing] footage from multiple area cameras," "interview[ing] the owners of hundreds of vehicles parked in the lot on that day" and "spen[ding] hundreds of hours on the report," Chief Dale Brophy said no leads emerged and there was not evidence consistent with the reported rape, according to a Tuesday email sent to students from U. President David Pershing.