Mystery woman captured on surveillance camera ringing doorbell before vanishing said she "awoke" to a "nightmare"
She said she woke up in her own home to find her boyfriend 'kneeling' above her and "stuffing some sort of cloths in my mouth, duct-taping my entire head'
The woman who was captured on surveillance footage ringing the doorbell of a home in Texas while partially-dressed before disappearing into the night has finally spoken about the horrifying chain of events that led her to that particular moment outside the home.
Asking to be identified only as Lauren, her first name, the woman told Inside Edition that before she was caught on the surveillance camera ringing the doorbell of the home in Montgomery, she woke up in her own home to find her boyfriend "kneeling" above her and "stuffing some sort of cloths in my mouth, duct-taping my entire head".
She continued: "I truly felt like when that was happening, like, I was going to die there that night." The case made national headlines in August after the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office released the footage from the surveillance camera of her ringing the doorbell at 3:30 a.m. on August 24.
She told Inside Edition: "I was asleep and awoke to what seemed like a nightmare." The shocking footage shows Lauren dressed only in a T-shirt with restraints being seen around her wrists before the video ends with her leaving the frame of the camera.
After the authorities spent days looking for the mystery woman, they finally announced that they had found her "alive and well" in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They also said that the woman was a domestic abuse victim. Officials later revealed that her boyfriend, who was identified as 49-year-old Dennis Collins, had fatally shot himself inside his own home in Montgomery on August 29.
A press release from the sheriff's office said: "Before doing so he left several notes connecting him to the female who appeared to be wearing restraints. The male indicated that he did this in response to the national attention given to the situation among a few other things not yet disclosed." Lieutenant Scott Spencer from the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said at the press conference that Lauren had not been with Collins at the time that he took his own life.
He also said that the restraints that were seen on her wrists were possibly connected to domestic abuse that she went through. He also said in response to one particular question about domestic violence: "There are some issues obviously with the video surveillance and why she was wearing those restraints and the circumstances surrounding it."
The Inside Edition episode titled 'Mystery Doorbell Ringer Recalls Her Desperate Bid to Escape Boyfriend' aired on September 17.