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Teen girl found in canyon may be victim of a rape

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Investigators worked Tuesday to determine if a teenage girl found unconscious in a Lincoln Park canyon following an evening of drinking with friends was sexually assaulted after she passed out.

A passer-by spotted the girl in a gorge off the 300 block of 49th Street about 9 p.m. Monday, according to San Diego police.

Medics took the teen to a hospital, where she remained unconscious until late Tuesday morning, sex crimes Lt. Anastasia Smith said. The girl was in stable condition at midday and was expected to fully recover.

Police determined that the girl had gone into the canyon with friends to drink, and eventually passed out, after which her companions left at some point during the night.

Due to the "condition they found her in," detectives believe the teen might have been assaulted while she was unconscious, Smith said. She declined to elaborate.

The lieutenant also would not release the girl's age or community of residence.

Investigators were seeking to identify and interview the people who had been drinking with the teen before she passed out.



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