Mystery of partially-dressed woman ringing Texas doorbell solved

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Investigators give new details in doorbell mystery
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Montgomery Co. Sheriff's Office gives new details in the doorbell mystery that captured worldwide attention.

TEXAS -- The mystery behind a bizarre video of a partially-dressed woman ringing a doorbell while in restraints last week was solved.

Deputies in Texas said the woman was a victim of domestic violence and is now safe, and this came to light after her apparent boyfriend committed suicide.

Police were called to a home in Montgomery County, Texas, Wednesday after a friend of the woman's 48-year-old boyfriend received a text message that sparked a welfare check.

Authorities said the man was threatening to kill himself. By the time deputies made it to the home in the Sunrise Ranch subdivision, it was too late. The body of the man was found inside, where he died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

During their investigation at the home, they discovered a suicide note, connecting him to the woman they said is his girlfriend seen on that doorbell video.

"The male did leave a suicide note to help identify the female and some of the circumstances about why this occurred," Montgomery Co. Deputy Scott Spencer said.

Investigators said despite receiving inquiries from families and law enforcement across the country, the woman in this doorbell video was not a missing person. Still, questions remain about her health and well-being.

"There's some issues obviously with the video surveillance, why she was wearing those restraints and the circumstances surrounding it. We only have one side of a story right now," Spencer said.

The 32-year-old half-naked woman spotted on surveillance video became the subject of a law enforcement investigation after she was recorded ringing doorbells in the middle of the night Friday.

The woman was barefoot, wearing only a t-shirt, with what looked like restraints dangling from her wrist.

It's unclear where the woman went after trying to get help from neighbors last Friday or how long she has been reunited with family.

Investigators discovered that a back window to the boyfriend's home was broken out.

The woman's name will not be released because she is a victim of domestic violence, deputies said. She is still being interviewed by police.

Police said she is from Dallas, and is currently with family out of the Montgomery County area.

Neighbors said her boyfriend who worked at a local boat retailer, just moved into the rental home a few months ago.

"Come home late, leave early. And I've seen him do garage work, woodwork and other than that, I mean, I've never talked to him, I've never seen him talk to anyone around here," said a neighbor, who asked not to be identified.

He told our sister station KTRK that his family has never seen the girlfriend at the home.


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