Sheriff: Three charged in Unicoi with attempted murder after victim found wounded
A battered and bloodied woman rescued near a Unicoi County, Tennessee campground Monday morning told police she was severely beaten by three individuals who are now jailed on attempted murder charges, according to a report from the Sheriff's Office.
A report posted on the office's official Facebook page just after 8:30 p.m. says eyewitnesses heard screams for help from the victim near Jones Branch Campground. She was located and suffering from lacerations on her body and from hypothermia, the report said.
The victim told officers the three people, two males and one female, that she went hiking with near railroad tracks got into an argument and the men placed a gag on her and the woman hit her in the head with a rock.
The report said the three suspects then pitched her over an embankment near the tracks and Nolichuckey River. She also said she played dead and waited for the trio to leave.
The victim said she crawled along the riverbank through the night until she reached the campground area. She was brought across the water in a raft then taken to a hospital for treatment.
The Sheriff's Office said the trio was stopped by officers for a traffic stop and one of the men was charged in an unrelated case. The two other suspects were then found and jailed after discussing the case with the District Attorney's office.
The names in the case have not yet been released.