It’s the middle of the night. 3AM. There’s a ring at your door. Groggy, you lumber from your bed, down the stairs, to the door. But no one is there. Maybe you write it off as an irksome prank. Maybe you hear another doorbell chime in the distance. But then you see the video from your security camera, and a chill runs down your spine. Who is she? Is she okay?
It’s like something out of a horror movie or a nightmare. There’s a woman. Barefoot. Furtive. All she’s wearing is a long t-shirt. And—are those shackles dangling from her wrist? Then, just as swiftly and mysteriously as she came, she is gone.
Texas police are working to identify a barefoot young woman with what appeared to be broken restraints around her wrists who rang a home's doorbell before disappearing.https://t.co/GplkYu7oxo pic.twitter.com/aHdZSPCM96— CBS 7 (@CBS7News) August 29, 2018
“We were dead asleep in our beds. My husband was woken up by doorbell ring. It rang probably 20 to 30 times,” a resident who asked to remain anonymous told KPRC. “He walked outside, no one was in sight. It’s like she disappeared in thin air.”
This occurred in Montgomery County, Texas, last Friday. A mystery woman rang five doorbells in the Sunrise Ranch neighborhood but was gone from each before anyone came to the door. While searching for her, police released the haunting video above in hopes of identifying her as a missing person. Online, the video was shared over 32,000 times with people across the nation hoping to solve the mystery and help this seemingly suffering woman. Today, ABC News reports she has been identified, is a victim of domestic violence, but is now found and safe.
Her name is being withheld from the press. And the details of what happened that night have not come out. What we do know is that yesterday deputies checked on a 49-year-old, Sunrise Ranch resident who’d made “suicidal comments,” and found him dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The man’s girlfriend was mentioned in the suicide note but absent from the scene. Police identified her as the mystery woman, and are currently in talks with her as they continue their investigation.
This will be a massive relief to those who saw the video and felt afraid for her or compelled to help. Let’s hope this brings the internet sleuthing about her identity to a close, and leave this woman her privacy. We may never know her name or her full story, but revealing either should be her choice. Our hearts go out to her as she moves forward.
Stories like this shine a light on domestic violence, an issue too often shoved into the shadows. If you want to help combat domestic violence, consider a donation to RAINN.
Header Image Source: Montgomery County Sheriff