Earlier this week, police in Montgomery, Texas opened an investigation into viral footage of a distressed woman who was half-clothed, handcuffed, and ringing doorbells at 3 a.m.–presumably in an attempt to seek help. In the video, captured by a resident’s home security camera, the woman can be seen emerging from bushes in the house’s front yard, ringing the doorbell, and looking nervously down the street. Multiple homeowners in the residential neighborhood reported hearing their doorbells rung, repeatedly, during the night.
The woman, 32, has since been identified–although her name has not released to the public–and police have confirmed her boyfriend, 49, killed himself in his home in the neighborhood on Wednesday.
Police found the man dead at 11 a.m. on Wednesday after responding to reports of a man who had threatened suicide. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department said he left behind a suicide note that “helped identify the female, and some of the circumstance behind why those events occurred.” At the moment, it is not clear where the woman was found, or what condition she was in–but in a press conference, police confirmed she is safe and with her family now.
“There are some issues regarding the video, why she is wearing those restraints, and the circumstances surrounding it,” police lieutenant Scott Spencer added. “We only have one side of the story right now.”
Reportedly, the man had moved into a rental home in the neighborhood a few months ago. The woman was the man’s “live-in girlfriend,” though neighbors said they never saw a woman living on the property (and had recognized her in the security camera footage either). Police have described her as a “victim of family violence,” which is why she is not being publicly identified.
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