UPDATED 8.14.2012 by Julie Montanaro
A man accused of beating "Jane Doe" and leaving her for dead on the side of the road in Suwannee County will soon come back to Florida to stand trial for it.
The Suwannee County Sheriff says Shawn O'Bryan will likely be brought back in the next 10 days.
O'Bryan is accused of beating his girlfriend, Shannon Wrench, and dragging her body into the woods off Highway 90.
O'Bryan was arrested Friday at his apartment in the small town of Rantoul, Illinois. His neighbors are stunned by the allegations.
"We each came over and you know, talked from time to time. He's always been ... offered to help fix things. I just would have never thought, you know, this could go on so close to home," neighbor Anthony Chickini said. "It's scary, very scary. I guess it holds true, you don't know who your neighbors are."
Wrench was in a coma for weeks. She is recovering now at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
A prison transport service will bring O'Bryan back to Florida. We'll let you know when he arrives in Suwannee County to face charges.
Suwannee County, Florida- August 13, 2012
Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron told Eyewitness News reporter Eames Yates "I think we have a very strong case. I don't have any doubt that we can prove what occurred when the time comes."
What the sheriff says occurred was attempted murder in the first degree.
Shawn Patrick O'Bryan is accused of dragging Shannon Wrench onto the side of a Suwannee County road and leaving her for dead with a severe head injury. O'Bryan appeared in court in Champaign County, Illinois and waived extradition meaning he will be sent back to Florida to face his charges.
Suwannee County resident Thomas Mulkey said "it makes me feel very sad for her. My heart goes out for her, but no compassion for him whatsoever."
Another Suwannee County resident, Gloria Presley, said "I feel released because that was a terrible terrible thing for her to have to go through."
Wrench is currently at Shands Hospital at the University of Florida. Her health is improving and deputies say she is now able to communicate.
Sheriff Cameron went on to say "once we had him identified, she is responsible for knowing the situation, that she came to Florida with him in her vehicle. And the vehicle was back in Illinois there at his home."
A woman badly beaten and left on side of the road has now been identified.
Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron tells us she is 34-year-old Shannon Wrench from Rantoul, Illinois.
"We never have something happen like that here and it was just a shock to me and the entire community really," said Joey Wade, local resident.
Once they figured her identity, that led them to 38-year-old Shawn O'Bryan. He was arrested in Rantoul by the police department on Friday.
Officials say Wrench continues to improve everyday. Local residents grew close to the story over the weeks and are happy about her recovery.
"Every body kind of banded together to find out exactly who she was, what happened to her and why it happened to her," Wade added.
"Everybody wanted to know what they could do to help, everybody wanted to help," said Douglas Carl, another local resident following the story.
Formerly known as Jane Doe, Wrench was found July 16 by a passerby.
It was on highway 90 near 153rd road in Suwannee County.
Sheriff Cameron believes her body was dragged to a wooded area near the road.
Wrench continues to recover at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. She woke up from a medically induced coma on Tuesday.
Thursday, Cameron says they identified her through fingerprint analysis.
O'Bryan is still in the Champaign County Jail.
Live Oak, Florida - August 11, 2012
The woman known as Jane Doe in Suwannee County has been identified and the man accused of trying to kill her has been arrested.
34-year-old Shannon Wrench is the woman who authorities have been trying to identify. She's from Rantoul, Illinois. In July she was found in Suwannee County near the intersection of U.S. 90 and 153rd road.
Wrench was able to give authorities information for an arrest and yesterday police in Rantoul arrested Shawn Patrick O'Bryan. He is charged with attempted first degree murder. O'Bryan is being held without bond and waiting extradition to Suwannee County.
[UPDATE] Live Oak, Florida- August 9, 2012- 6:30pm
On July 16th a woman later deemed Jane Doe was found on a road just off of Highway 90 in Suwannee County. No one knew who she was but one thing was certain. She had a serious head wound as a result of blunt force trauma.
Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said "no matter how she got on that roadway whoever did this took her by her feat and drug her 30 to 40 feet off the roadway and into the bushes and left her."
The Suwannee County Sheriff's office immediately began trying to identify her. Those efforts have finally payed off. After broadening the search using her fingerprints they've confirmed who she is.. but they're not releasing her name due to the active investigation. Her ID isn't the only good news. On Tuesday she awoke from the her medically induced coma in the Shands Hospital at the University of Florida.
Sheriff Cameron went on to say "now that I think that her health is going ot be okay, and that we're going to get her back on her feet, and we know who she is now my next goal is that whoever did this to her needs to be behind bars."
The Sheriff said the woman has been speaking with authorities and confirmed that she is 34 years old.
[UPDATE] Live Oak, Florida- August 9, 2012
Suwannee County's 'Jane Doe' has been 100 percent identified according to Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron. He said that she was identified by her fingerprints. The Sheriff's office continued to run checks through the local crime lab until she was positively ID'd.
Sheriff Cameron also said that she is not from the Suwannee County area but is not releasing her name at this time due to the active investigation. He did say that she is 34 years old and is "rapidly improving" after awaking from a medically induced coma on Tuesday (8/7).
The woman was found on the side of a road off of Highway 90 on July 16th with a severe head injury as a result of blunt force trauma. She was taken to the Shands Hospital at the University of Florida where she was placed in the medically induced coma.
Coming up tonight on Eyewitness News we'll bring you the interview with the Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron.
[UPDATE] Live Oak, Florida- August 8, 2012
On July 16, a local resident found an unidentified woman on the side of the road battered and bruised. It was right off of Highway 90 near 153rd Road in Suwannee County.
"I don't know it's just something about her that says We're gonna fight for you girl," said Lynda Rebel, a Suwannee County resident.
The woman woke up from her medically induced coma on Tuesday.
She's recovering at Shands Hospital in Gainesville. Suwannee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said she is "Somewhat responsive."
She's giving signs like a 'thumbs up or thumbs down.'
"The second we get up, yes we look for who's got a new update... Is today gonna be the day someone tells us what her name is?" Rebel said.
Deputies still don't know the identity of this woman. They say people from across the country have been calling, emailing, hoping to have the right information about this Jane Doe.
A candlelight vigil was held Monday night in her honor, the next day, the woman came out of the coma.
"That's what we think about when we get up and that's what we go to bed thinking, we say our little prayers for her every single day," Rebel added.
The Sheriff's Office believes someone was involved in moving her body from the road off to the side. But, there are still no leads to how she got here in the first place.
The Sheriff's Office reminds anyone with information about this to call (386) 364-3412
[UPDATE] Live Oak, Florida- August 7, 2012
Suwannnee County Sheriff Tony Cameron reports that 'Jane Doe' is beginning to appear "somewhat responsive". She has started to give signs like 'thumbs-up' or 'thumbs-down'. They're not sure what she can understand, but they are hopeful for her recovery. Nothing has changed as far as more information about who she is.
Live Oak, Florida- August 6, 2012
Suwannnee County Sheriff Tony Cameron said "We had a resident that was riding by and looked over and said 'there's someone's legs!'"
Those legs belonged to a still unidentified woman, being called Jane Doe, who appears to be 20 to 35 years old. She was found on July 16th with a head injury as a result of blunt force trauma. She was taken to the Shands Hospital at the University of Florida and is currently in a medically induced coma.
Her body was on the side of a road just off of Highway 90... Anything before that is a mystery.
The Suwannee County Sheriff's Office did say that someone was involved in moving Jane Doe's body to the side of the road. At last check there are no leads as to who that person may be.
Sheriff Cameron went on to say "did she fall off the back of a motorcycle and somebody say oh my gosh she's dead and just pulled her off to the side of the road and they were afraid they were going to be in trouble.. I don't know."
The candlelight vigil was held in front of the Suwannee County Courthouse. Many participants just want this girls family to know what happened to her.
Beth Beaver/Suwannee County Resident Beth Beaver said "It could be your sister, your mother, you know, a niece. You know, you just don't know and maybe by getting her information and her picture out there somebody will say wow that's my niece and I haven't seen her in ages."
Anyone with information about Jane Doe is asked to contact the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office. That number is 386-364-3412
Suwannee County, Florida- July 18, 2012
Authorities are trying to determine the identity of a badly injured woman found on the side of the road in Suwannee County.
The Sheriff says the woman was found Monday near the intersection of U.S. 90 and 153rd Road, west of Live Oak. They believe she was lying just off the road way over night.
The Sheriff says they do not know who she is, where she came from or if she's even a local person. She is currently in a medically induced coma in Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
The woman is described as a white female in her mid-20s. With blue eyes, brown hair and tattoo of a wolf on her shoulder. She is between five feet, four inches and five feet, seven inches and 120 pounds.
Anyone with information as to who she is, is urged to call the Suwannee County Sheriff's Office.