Woman found at Harwich motel, beaten and raped

Motel owner discovered woman unconscious Friday morning

Only luck noticing motel room door ajar may save her life

HARWICH -The Harwich Police responded to the Wishing Well Motel on Route 28 Friday morning, January 14, 2011  just after 10:30 a.m. for a report of an unconscious woman on the floor of one of the hotel rooms.

The woman, who had been discovered by the owner of the hotel while making his morning rounds, was having a seizure when Patrol Officer Derek Dutra and members of the Harwich Fire Department arrived on scene. 

The unidentified woman, who is in her 40s, was unconscious and had injuries suggesting that she had been violently assaulted.

She was transported to the intensive care unit at Cape Cod Hospital where she has yet to regain consciousness, according to Harwich Detective Sergeant David Jacek.

The owner of the motel noticed the door of the guest room ajar around 10:39 a.m., and when he looked in he saw the woman lying on the floor.  At first he said he saw no evidence of an attack, but said the woman was having a seizure. 

It was determined at Cape Cod Hospital that she had suffered a head trauma and other injuries. The attack most likely caused the seizure, according to police. Her injuries are considered serious, but not life-threatening.

Sgt. Jacek said it was just luck that the motel owner walked by the room when he did and discovered the woman. It is unknown how long she had been lying on the floor before the motel owner found her.

The Harwich Police are investigating the incident as a violent assault and rape.  According to Patrol Officer Aram Goshgarian, Patrol Sergeant Kevin Considine and Patrol Officer Peter Petell arrived at the hotel to secure the crime scene. Detective Sergeant Jacek and Detective Marc Harris along with a crime scene investigator from the Barnstable County Sheriff's Office, collected evidence at the scene and conducted interviews at the property.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sergeant Jacek or Detective  Harris at 508-430-7541.

Photo and video by David G. Curran. Information courtesy of the Harwich Police Department.

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