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Flasher reported at park

Hikers at Empire Mine State Historic Park are encouraged to be cautious while state parks officers look for a man who exposed himself to a woman.

The incident occurred around sunrise Wednesday on Osborne Hill near Hard Rock Trail.

A woman hiking alone saw a fully clothed man walk in front of her and around a corner. When she got to the corner, the man was naked and yelling lewd comments.

“It’s my understanding he took all his clothes off,” said Lt. Jeff Herman, supervising parks ranger.

The woman ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911.

The suspect is described as white, in his 20s, 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 pounds and with dark brown curly hair. Herman said the man was wearing gray pants, a white shirt, a blue jacket and a blue baseball cap – when he was dressed.

No similar incidents have been reported. Six months ago, two women reported that a clothed man made lewd remarks, but the incident isn’t considered related.

The woman in Tuesday’s case often hikes with others.

“Just be aware, and hiking with a friend is always recommended,” Herman said.

Stepped-up patrols of the popular trails are under way, he said, and Grass Valley police and the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office have been alerted.

– Doug Mattson

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