WICHITA, Kansas – Wichita police reported that a woman was sexually assaulted, beaten, and then set on fire just a few blocks south of Wichita State University.
A reporting party contacted police dispatch around 11:20 p.m. Friday that they had seen a fire in Fairmount Park.
When fire crews arrived, they located a 36-year-old woman within the fire. The victim had severe burns all over her body and lacerations to her head.
The victim was transported to St. Francis burn unit and was admitted in critical condition.
Many nearby residents KSN spoke with are still in shock that this happened so close to their home.
Cierra Bethea has lived near Fairmount Park for about eight years. She said she came home to an unfamiliar sight early Saturday morning.
“There were a lot of police, there was a fire truck around in this area, crime scene investigators, it was just a lot,” said Bethea.
What Bethea didn’t know was the extent of the crime that had taken place at the park just a few hours earlier.
“It’s outrage, someone has to be held accountable for this, it’s beyond words, I can’t describe how disturbing it’s been,” said Brody Wellman.
Police and investigators have been going door-to-door interviewing neighbors and anyone who might have seen anything pertaining to this crime.
So far, officers have no suspects and have made no arrests.
Sgt. Ron Hunt said that this was an extremely violent crime and anyone with information should please contact police at 911 or Crime Stoppers at 267-2111.