Woman remains unidentified, critically injured

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

A woman remained unidentified and in critical condition Thursday after she was found partially nude a day earlier behind a west side Detroit building, according to police.

The woman was hospitalized in “extremely critical condition” hours after she was discovered at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday on the 3400 block of Cicotte, south of Livernois and Michigan Avenue, Officer Jennifer Moreno said.

Police earlier Thursday reported that the woman had been identified.

“A family came forward and it was a preliminary identification,” Moreno said. “When they laid eyes on her, they said no, that’s not (their missing loved one.)”

The injured victim may have been run over by a vehicle Wednesday before she was found by another woman, who dialed 911, Moreno said.

“She’s suffered extensive trauma to her head and face,” Moreno said Wednesday. “Right now, our sex crimes division is handling the case because she was found partially nude. It’s still in the early stages of the investigation.”

On Thursday, investigators had not yet confirmed if the victim had been sexually assaulted or how she sustained her injuries.

“We don’t have an age on her because of the trauma she received to her head and face,” Moreno said.

Police on Thursday released a more detailed description of the woman, hoping to get her identified.

“She is a light-complected black female, 5-foot-4 and 100 pounds,” Moreno said. “She has multiple tattoos on her body.”

Moreno had no further information about the tattoos, but said investigators may release photographs later Thursday to aid in the woman’s identification.

The woman is hospitalized at DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital, Moreno added.

“She’s unconscious,” Moreno said Wednesday. “She’s unable to speak with police.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police at (313) 596-5440 or (313) 596-1616.


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