Osage County: No new information available on woman found bound, unconscious in Lawrence

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this Journal-World file photo from 2017, a Douglas County sheriff's deputy's vehicle blocks off a county road near Lawrence.

Close to five days after a woman was found bound and unconscious in Douglas County, the law enforcement agency investigating the incident had no further information to share Thursday.

The Journal-World reported Sunday morning that the woman had been found around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, in a white Silverado at the building that previously housed the Lawrence school district’s Wakarusa Valley School.

Deputies from the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office received a request from the Topeka Police Department to perform an adult welfare check, and they found the woman when they did so, said Jenn Hethcoat, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.

Deputies took the woman to Lawrence Memorial Hospital and were met by Osage County detectives, Hethcoat previously told the Journal-World via email. That county has taken over the investigation, Hethcoat said.

Osage County dispatch told the Journal-World Sunday morning that the department had no comment at that time. The Journal-World has followed up with calls and emails, but no further information has been provided.

A public relations specialist with the Topeka Police Department responded via email to the Journal-World’s request for any available information Monday: “The Topeka Police Department’s involvement in this case was notifying the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office of a welfare check based on information that was provided to us,” Gretchen Koenen said.

The former Wakarusa Valley Elementary School building, 1104 East 1000 Road, now houses the Lawrence Virtual School and Greenbush Resource Center. It’s roughly 3.3 miles as the crow flies southwest of the Kansas Highway 10 interchange at Iowa Street/U.S. 59 Highway.

In a Facebook post on Sunday, Lawrence Public Schools said the sheriff’s office confirms that none of the crimes involved occurred in Douglas County, and they did not have any connection to the school district or the school property other than the location of the parked Silverado.

Lawrence Virtual School and Greenbush Resource Center

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