SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 24-year-old woman was viciously beaten and found essentially left for dead on the side of a Shelby County road. According to the Shelby County Sheriff's Office, the woman is at University Hospital fighting for life after a passerby made a disturbing discovery Saturday afternoon.
"It's quiet out here real quiet," said Tom McClurkin and his wife Fay, who live close to where a woman was found badly beaten on the side of the road. "It's safe. This is totally a shock to us, right in our front yard practically."
"It's very surprising," said McClurkin. "You don't see that out here."
On Saturday afternoon, the Shelby County Sheriff's Office got a call, a woman was found along the side of Mount Eden Road near Lisby Lane.
"We had a young female with no identification and we didn't know if she was struck by a car or otherwise, since we've gotten some of the medical information back we do obviously believe that it was assault," said Det. Eric Hettinger with the Shelby County Sheriff's Office.
Hettinger said the victim, 24-year-od Denisse Escareno, had severe head trauma, two puncture wounds, and multiple bruises.
"She was very near the road, and there is enough traffic there, there is no way she had been laying there very long," said Hettinger.
Detectives say Escareno has lived in Shelbyville for the last two years and works at a local daycare. Now they must try to piece together who would want to hurt her and why.
"We're basically doing timelines, talking to family and friends, people that may have been in contact with her throughout the night and throughout the day to determine where she was, who she might have been with and how she might have ended up in that area," said Escareno.
There are no suspects in this case. If you have any information, you are asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 502-633-4324.