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April 25, 2012

Manhunt

Woman beaten in home invasion

PARKERS LAKE —  The McCreary County Sheriff’s Office are hunting for two suspects in a brutal home invasion that left an elderly woman seriously injured.

    Emergency personnel were dispatched at 12:26 p.m. Friday afternoon to the L. Tucker Road home of 70-year-old Marjorie Collins.

    According to Sheriff Gus Skinner, sometime after 11 a.m. a couple arrived at Collins’ house claiming to be Jehovah Witnesses. As Collins went to answer the door the suspects forced their way into the home, which caused Collins to fall and hit her head on a table.

    The pair beat Collins and tied her to a chair with an extension cord. Her oxygen line was also knotted and a bag was placed over her head.

    “My thought is that they left her for dead,” Sheriff Skinner said.

    Before they left, Collins’ assailants ransacked her home — taking money, jewelry and medications. Though it is unclear how long she remained unconscious, Collins was able to free herself and call her son’s home for help.

    While paramedics treated Collins and airlifted her to UK Medical Center, authorities canvassed the neighborhood without luck on Friday. Sheriff Skinner told the Record that Detective David Sampson and Deputy Tom Smith were conducting interviews at press time. The case is top priority.

    Mrs. Collins, who suffered at least one head laceration and a reported broken nose, was released from UK Friday night.

    Dep. Bob West, Kentucky State Police Trooper Phillip Hayes and the North McCreary Fire Department assisted on Friday.

    “We have people of interest,” the sheriff said, “but we don’t have a detailed description. All we know is that the guy was short and the girl was blond.”

    Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the sheriff’s office at 376-2322 or anonymously at 376-UTIP, 911 Dispatch at 376-9117, or Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555.

 

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