Crime & Public Safety

Police investigating report of rape at Beaufort area party

Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a report of rape of a young adult woman attending a gathering at a house on Lady’s Island in the early morning hours of Sunday, Maj. Bob Bromage said.

A suspect has been identified but not charged in the crime.

Deputies started investigating the sexual assault after the woman went to Beaufort Memorial Hospital on Sunday night, a police report said.

The woman is an acquaintance of the man but is not in a relationship with him, Bromage said.

He said investigators have spoken with several witnesses but not the suspect.

Most of the police report has been redacted.

A sexual assault evidence kit contains forensic evidence gathered from a victim's body during an intrusive, hours-long examination. Testing kits can find DNA evidence used to identify rapists, boost prosecutions or exonerate the falsely accused.