LIVE OAK, Fla. — The local sheriff knows the identity of a woman discovered unconscious on the side of a north Florida highway, but he is withholding her name, saying its release could hurt an investigation into how she wound up there.
A passerby discovered the 34-year-old woman near an intersection on U.S. Highway 90 on July 16. She was bruised about her head and upper body. She was taken to a hospital, where she emerged from a medically induced coma this week.
Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said the woman was identified through a fingerprint analysis, after an initial fingerprint search turned up nothing. He said the woman is not from the area.
Her condition is quickly improving, he added. "She will make a much more rapid recovery than I had originally thought," he said.
Sheriff's deputies found tire marks near the woman's body, but Cameron said he did not yet know if she had been hit by a car, dumped along the highway or crawled there.
Cameron said the woman has made brief comments to investigators.
Details for this story were provided by the Suwannee Democrat, Live Oak, Fla.