SHELBYVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A family member of the Shelby County woman found beaten and left for dead on the side of the road is speaking out. There are still no suspects in this case.
Last Saturday, 24-year-old Denisse Escareno was found viciously attacked, barely alive. Her family is at a loss and has no idea who would do this and they are urging anyone with information to come forward.
"When I walked in and seen her, I couldn't believe it, it didn't even look like her," said Krissi Tipton, Escareno's aunt.
Since getting that call, Tipton says she is still in disbelief. "Just that anybody could do this to her and us not know who it is," said Tipton.
The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Escareno was found by a driver passing by on Mount Eden Road near Lisby Lane.
"I thank God for the people that found her," said Tipton.
The sheriff's office says they don't believe she was there long. Her injuries were severe, she has serious head trauma, two puncture wounds, and multiple bruises.
Detectives are still trying to piece together what exactly happened and where.
"It shouldn't have happened," said Tipton. "It was just cruel and just anybody that does that, doesn't have a heart."
Tipton says she can't even begin to imagine who would want to hurt her niece. "I just don't see it being somebody that she knows or that we know," said Tipton. "I just don't."
Escareno has lived in Shelbyville for the last couple years and works at a local daycare.
"She has the biggest heart, she wouldn't hurt anybody or have problems with anybody," said Tipton.
While she is still unresponsive, Tipton says she is progressing and hopes she's able to make a full recovery.
"She's a fighter," said Tipton. "She's very strong, she is going to fight it."
If you have any information about this case, you are asked to call the Shelby County Sheriff's Office at 502-633-4324.
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