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A Wisconsin woman was allegedly sexually assaulted and beaten to death by a group of attackers in the fall, but no arrests have been made in the case yet.
Ee Lee, 36, was found unclothed and unconscious near the edge of a pond in Milwaukee’s Washington Park last September, FOX6 reported. She’d been badly beaten. A hospital exam subsequently found evidence of sexual assault. Lee died three days later from blunt force trauma to her skull.
Investigators, who described the attack as a “fatal incident,” believe several people may be responsible for Lee’s death, according to newly released search warrants.
"I think what makes this different or unique is there were no shots fired," Capt. Paul Thompson, of the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office, previously told WDJT-TV. "Most of the homicides there is usually a gun that's involved. There's no gun involved, or it could be person-to-person who struck this woman."
Lee entered Washington Park around 6:18 p.m on Sept. 16, 2020, authorities said. Surveillance cameras captured a group of “younger males” chasing the 36-year-old woman near a pond in the park, according to the recently released warrants, according to FOX6. CCTV footage shows at least 11 individuals from the group leaving the park on foot or bicycles.
Two boys who were later riding their bikes through the park tipped off authorities to the vicious attack — and the gravely injured woman’s whereabouts — after they claimed to have heard a “cough” coming from the pond, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
However, sheriff’s deputies observed that the clothing and bicycles belonging to the pair of witnesses allegedly matched those of two suspects seen fleeing the park in the surveillance footage.
Law enforcement later turned up at one of the boy’s homes to confirm what time the pair had placed the emergency call related to Lee. While at the residence, the child’s mother was allegedly overheard telling the boy to wipe all the data off his phone, according to the Journal Sentinel.
No arrests have yet been made in Lee’s death. It’s also unclear what may have sparked the violent encounter.
“I really want to find out what is going on and why that would happen to her,” Nancy Lee, the victim's sister, told FOX6. “I really want to know exactly what happened. No one can ever answer that question."
Her family remains baffled, she said, as to why no suspects have yet been apprehended in her sister’s death.
"It hurts so bad, you know?” she added. "I just want justice for her. That’s all I want. She don't deserve to die that way."
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