Toms River police are investigating an assault that reportedly occurred on the beach in Ortley Beach early Saturday morning.
A man called police at 3 a.m. Saturday to report that his wife needed help. Police responded to the call on the oceanfront near Coolidge Avenue, where the woman, a 47-year-old from Hunterdon County, reported she was assaulted by a man she encountered on the beach near the Seaside Heights boundary.
The woman told police she had gone for a walk on the beach looking for shells after she and her husband had returned from a bar in Seaside Heights.
The woman was taken to Community Medical Center, Toms River, for treatment.
Anyone with information can contact Detective Chris Fluck at 732-349-0150 ext. 1222.