Marked for death, survivor of savage attack continues to ask "why?"
Attack survivor Marti Hill (Marti Hill)
Produced by Chris Young Ritzen and Stephen A. McCain
Prairie Village, Kansas | Sept. 8, 2010
STEPHANIE SCHEIBLER | MARTI'S CO-WORKER: I think that day will stay with me forever.
JAN SCHUL: MARTI'S CO-WORKER: September 8th 2010, was a normal day at the office. ... Then there was a 10:00 production meeting and Marti wasn't in it.
That was extremely unusual. ... Marti is very dependable and reliable.
Marti is ... a big bunch of dynamite in a little bitty package. She might weigh 97 pounds soaking wet. But she gets stuff done.
STEPHANIE SCHEIBLER : She is a genuine, good hearted, outgoing, fun person. ... She is a hard worker and she is always trying to make everything better.
JAN SCHUL: We work for an apparel company. It's a small manufacturing facility. It's a tight- knit group.
STEPHANIE SCHEIBLER : The meeting was over and I asked, "Where's Marti?" And somebody said, "We don't know." ... I sent her a quick text ... maybe something had come up. No reply to the text. I called her a few times. ... She never phoned me back. That's why I knew that something was wrong because she would not just miss work.
TOM MAI | MARTI'S BOSS: There was a real sense of concern. Tears. What do we do? What should we do?
About 11:30 ... I decided to drive by her house. When I arrived there, her car was sitting in the driveway.
I walked up, rang the doorbell. No answer. Knocked on the door. No answer. So I went back to my car. And my cell phone and I ... called the office and said ... "The house seems eerily empty. I think perhaps you should call the police."
BILL BALDWIN |PRAIRIE VILLAGE POLICE DEPARTMENT: The neighborhood is a very quiet, residential neighborhood. We don't get many calls in that area.
I went up to the front door and I noticed that the door was closed and not locked.
I opened up the door and said, "It's the police department. Marty, are you home?" ... I said that over and over again.
I do notice... what appears to be a woman's purse sitting on a table in the kitchen or dining area ... Seeing the purse there told me that -- you know, I'm married and my wife doesn't go anywhere without her purse -- so at that point I was kinda thinking well maybe she is here somewhere then.
I saw no clues upstairs that would indicate any kind of struggle. ... And then I started walking down the stairs to the basement.
When I got to about two or three steps from the very bottom I noticed that there was a person laying on the floor, kind of in a fetal position ... covered head to toe in blood ... and there was a large amount of blood surrounding this person on the floor.
Marti was breathing. It seemed like it was somewhat labored.
I knelt down next to her ... and I asked her over and over again, "Who did this? Who did this to you Marti? Who did this to you?" ... I wanted to get, I guess what could have been a dying declaration if that was what that was gonna be.
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