Detectives ID woman found shot, unconscious in Pine Hills

Deputies say passerby found woman, likely saving her life

By Brianna Volz - Web producer, Matt Petrillo - Reporter

PINE HILLS, Fla. - Detectives successfully identified the woman found unconscious Sunday in Pine Hills with a gunshot wound, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said someone passing through the area near 6224 Silver Star Rd. at 10 a.m. found the woman. Detectives later identified the victim as 29-year-old Marie D. Guth.

Authorities said Guth was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, but they did not immediately release details about her condition. Her name was unknown until authorities released photos of some of her tattoos to the public Monday in an effort to identify her.

Detectives did not provide information about a possible suspect, but said the incident was being investigated as an attempted murder.

Investigators believe the attempted murder case could have been a homicide if not for the passerby who found the woman lying on the ground bleeding and immediately called 911.

"She is fortunate someone saw her," said Jeff Williamson, a spokesperson with the Orange County Sheriff's Office. "Probably miraculous, possibly is what saved her life at this point in time."

Authorities said they are now trying to figure out what led someone to shoot her.

One tattoo on her arm looks like the serenity prayer. A tattoo on her toe appears to be a mushroom. A third tattoo looks like a dream catcher leading to an owl.

"Hopefully someone will see those tattoos, those markings, and will give us some indication of who she is," Williamson said before the victim was identified.

Deputies said they have a lot of clues to still piece together in the investigation. They're urging anyone with information to leave a tip with Crimeline.

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