Woman seen asking for help located safe, sheriff says

By Brian Knox | Published Friday, April 12, 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 called the sheriff’s office late Tuesday and provided them with the message the woman left at a speaker box at the front gate.

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

The message was left around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

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