Cash Reward Offered in Rape Case

FEBRUARY 17, 2006 -- Authorities are still searching for a man who raped an elderly Atkinson woman, but they're now offering a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest.

Last July, an 80-year-old woman was beaten and sexually assaulted in her home on Slocum Trail near Atkinson. Authorities have been actively investigating the assault, but say little progress has been made.

They're offering a reward of more than $6,000 as an incentive for anyone with information to come forward.

Donations to the reward fund are being accepted at the FNB Southeast Bank in Burgaw. You can make checks payable to the Slocum Trail Assault Fund.