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NCIS says is has a person of interest in assault on Laurel Bay resident

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has identified a person of interest in the rape of awoman in military housing earlier this week, according to officials at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.

The attack occurred Tuesday morning in a Laurel Bay home, said Gunnery Sgt. Chad McMeen, spokesman for the air station.

McMeen declined to provide other details of the attack or information on the victim --including whether she was a Marine or the wife of a Marine -- citing NCIS' investigation.

McMeen said the person of interest was identified shortly after the assault, and an arrest could come as early as today .

In a statement Friday, air station officials described the attack as an "isolated incident" and sought to assure Laurel Bay residents of their safety.

"The command understands the growing need and desire for information, but the investigatory process is systematic and is progressing rapidly in this case," the statement read. "At no point since the initial report of this assault has the command felt that the children or residents of Laurel Bay have been susceptible to an increased threat connected to this incident. The command is absolutely committed to the safety and security of Laurel Bay residents and the successful resolution of this case."

Dixie Lanier, spokeswoman for Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, the corporation that owns and operates Laurel Bay, also declined to provide additional details of the attack.

"A full investigation is currently under way and no other details are available at this time," Lanier said in an e-mail. "We are taking this alleged assault very seriously and we want to make sure that all of our employees and residents are informed of this alleged, isolated attack."

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