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Mystery woman found: Sheriff says person who left message is safe

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, April 13, 2019
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A woman seen and heard on a home security system apparently asking for help Tuesday afternoon has been located safe and sound, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said Friday afternoon.

Akin said the woman called the sheriff’s office around 11 Friday morning saying she was the person seen in video surveillance footage and in a recorded message left at the front gate of a home in the Indian Trails neighborhood west of Decatur.

Two investigators were sent to the woman’s home in the Metroplex to meet with her. Akin said evidence suggests she is the person they have been looking for.

The circumstances of exactly what led to the 36-year-old woman asking for help are still being investigated, Akin said.

“She is alleging she was the victim of a domestic dispute, and she wanted to get away,” the sheriff said. “She said she called a friend who came and picked her up.”

The sheriff’s office did not reveal the woman’s name or the town where she lives, pending further investigation.

A homeowner in the Indian Hills neighborhood called the sheriff’s office late Tuesday and provided them with the message the woman left at a speaker box at the front gate around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday.

“I’m really scared. Will you please open your gate? Please?” the woman is heard saying on the message.

The video showed the woman later running off into a heavily wooded area.

Since that time, investigators have searched for the person, believing she might be in danger.

Investigators initially believed the woman was between 12 and 14 years old, but a mail carrier saw the woman and placed her age closer to 25.

The sheriff’s office had released photos taken from video surveillance, video footage and the message left on the home security system in hopes someone might identify the woman or provide information about what happened.

Akin said investigators will continue to look into the incident.

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