DAYTONA BEACH SHORES, Fla. -- A 68-year-old woman was attacked and sexually battered on the beach in Daytona Beach Shores early Friday, according to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

  • Woman, 68, attacked on Volusia County beach
  • Woman told deputies she was knocked unconscious
  • Medical exam determined woman was sexually battered

The incident reportedly happened before 6 a.m. in the area between Dunlawton Avenue and the El Portal beach approach.

The woman told deputies she was walking alone on the beach when she was knocked unconscious. When she woke up, the woman noticed that her clothes were missing from the waist down, deputies said.

The woman was taken to Halifax Medical Center of Port Orange.

During a medical examination, doctors determined that the woman had been sexually battered.  

Spectrum News 13 spoke exclusively with family members of the victim.

"Who does this, especially to a vulnerable woman walking with a stick down the beach?" said one of the victim's family members who did not want to be identified.

Details about a suspect were not released.

Anyone with information about the case should call Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-8477. You're eligible for a reward of up to $5,000.

"If anyone did see anything (please) come forward," the woman's family member said. "If they saw anything, we would like to put this person in jail."