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St. Petersburg police: Woman found Saturday was victim of attempted murder

ST. PETERSBURG —They found her early Saturday in a bayou, discarded in the mangroves.

Some of her clothes were missing. She was beaten nearly to death and left in waist-deep water — perhaps left to drown, police said. Somehow, she survived.

Two women at a dog park heard her moans and cries.

St. Petersburg police asked for the public's help Wednesday to find whoever attacked this woman, and to help detectives identify a clue in the mystery.

It's a red club wristband with blue, yellow and green flames that the victim was wearing when she was found. Police released a photo of it, hoping someone can tell them where it came from.

"The injuries are so severe that we've classified this as an attempted murder," said police spokesman Bill Proffitt. "We really need the public's help on this case."

The victim is 38, but police are not releasing her name.

She remained in critical condition at Bayfront Medical Center, police said, after undergoing surgery Tuesday.

Detectives have been unable to speak to her because of the severity of her injuries.

She was found about 7:50 a.m. Saturday next to the Coquina Key Dog Park, 3595 Locust St. SE.

She was about 15 feet offshore, but in a position where she was somehow able to stay above water and call for help.

Her injuries could have killed her, Proffitt said, but that may not be the only indication someone was trying to take her life. Where she was left — in waist-deep water, after being badly beaten, perhaps to the point of unconsciousness — also could have been an attempt to kill her, police said.

Jamal Thalji can be reached at thalji@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8472.

Anyone who can identify the establishment that uses this wristband or who has information about the case should call police at (727) 893-7780. Anonymous tipsters can call (727) 892-5000 or text police at (727) 420-8911.

St. Petersburg police: Woman found Saturday was victim of attempted murder 12/30/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 30, 2009 8:54pm]
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