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A woman reported a rape Tuesday afternoon on the Mount Sentinel "M" trail and was assisted off the mountain by emergency services. The victim was not a student, according to UMPD.

Marty Ludemann, chief of UM Police, said a rape was reported between 4 and 4:30 p.m. Three witnesses found the victim stumbling and bleeding from her head on the trail. Ludemann wasn't sure who filed the report, but said a 911 dispatcher did speak to the victim on the phone. 

The victim was off the mountain and en route to the hospital in an ambulance by 5:30 p.m. Police spent an hour on the hill until dark, and determined there was a sexual assault by 8 p.m. Police did not find a crime scene until returning after dawn this morning, Ludemann said.

The campus was not alerted to the assault through University emergency protocols.

The campus received no timely warning nor emergency notification of the assault from the University.

"In this case it was determined there was no safety threat," said Peggy Kuhr, vice president of integrated communications at the University of Montana. Kuhr and Ludemann said an emergency alert is not broadcast to students if the reported assault was by someone the victim knows. Ludemann said the suspect is not a threat to the community.

UMPD handed off the investigation to Missoula police, which Ludemann said follows their normal protocol for sexual assaults.

We will update as more information becomes available.