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Fayette woman severely injured in home invasion

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Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, 2:54 p.m.

State police at Uniontown are seeking the public's help in investigating a home invasion in Nicholson Township in which a 59-year-old Fayette County woman was severely beaten.

“It's a pretty rural area along Konicki Road where this happened ... not very many people, so we're looking for any information anyone may have seen at this point,” said Trooper Alec J. Hamilton.

Hamilton reported Fayette County 911 received three hang-up calls before 3 a.m. Thursday from the victim's home.

Dispatchers said they heard crashing sounds in the background, but no one spoke.

Hamilton said dispatchers attempted three times to call the residence but got a busy signal.

When troopers arrived about 3 a.m., Hamilton said they discovered the woman “in her bed, covered with blood with severe facial and head injuries.”

The woman, who is not identified in police reports, was taken to Uniontown Hospital by ambulance. She was transferred to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where she was still being treated on Thursday afternoon, police said.

“We believe it may have been random at this point. She was coherent, but she has no recollection (of the attack),” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said the victim lives alone but has family living in the area.

Troopers said the home was ransacked, and electronics and other items appeared to have been taken. Because of her medical condition, the woman was unable to provide an extensive inventory of everything missing, Hamilton said.

Anyone with information is asked to call state police at 724-439-7111.

Paul Peirce is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-850-2860.

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