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Posted: August 10, 2016

Jacksonville church adds $6,000 to reward for information about 8-year-old's attacker

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A Jacksonville church added $6,000 to a reward for any information leading to the arrest of a man who sexually attacked an 8-year-old girl in Arlington a year ago.

Officers and community leaders sought the public's help in identifying the man at a press conference on the year anniversary of the attack.

Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Director Tom Hackney said there have been strides in the case but he wished he had more answers 

Residents at the Eagle Point Apartments said the girl walked out of the woods, covered in blood. The victim ended up in a hospital's intensive care unit.

JSO said there was little to go on because no one witnessed the attack.

Physical evidence did not lead to a suspect in the case, Hackney said.

A Justice Coalition spokesperson said a 16-year-old victim's advocate, the youngest in the state, was instrumental in working with the girl to learn more information about the attack.

Neighbors and businesses in the area also provided all of the information they could, but JSO still has no suspect information.

Crime Stoppers received nine tips about the case and the latest came last August.

"This is not the first or last victim of this individual," First Coast Crime Stoppers Director Wylie Hodges said.

Anyone who has any information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS. You can remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $9,000.

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