Live

Watch CBSN Live

Unable to speak, Texas girl scribbled notes to help police find her attacker

On Aug. 10, 1990, Jennifer Schuett was abducted from her bedroom by an unknown man. She was strangled, her throat was slashed and the 8-year-old was left for dead in a field in Dickinson, Texas.

Unable to speak, she found a way to answer questions and provide investigators with important details about the man who attacked her.

WATCH: Jennifer shares her lifelong journey for answers in"48 Hours" Live to Tell: Afraid of the Dark"


Jennifer wrote that on the night of her abduction, she was wearing a "pink T-shirt" and white underwear with blue roses.

"I was asleep. A man opened the window and grabbed me."

ltt1-kidnap.jpg
Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators

Green tattoos and a black mustache

"I remember writing down ... just every little detail that I could remember, everything that I thought would help in finding him," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours."

She wrote the man was white, wore glasses, had a sharp knife and had one or two green tattoos. He had a black mustache and was in his 30s.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"He said he was an undercover cop"

"He had me sitting on his lap as he was driving ... and held me there," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours." "He's trying to calm me down, telling me, 'Everything's gonna be OK. I'm an undercover police officer.'"

"He said he was an undercover cop. Big gun. He said I don't have my gun or badge right now," she wrote at age 8.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

What kind of car did he drive?

Jennifer Schuett was able to describe the man's vehicle for police: "2 doors, a bluish yucky color."

Jennifer Schuett's notes to police
Dickinson Police Department

A scar on the left side of his face

"I remember saying that he looked greasy and he may have had a scar or something on his face," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours."

Young Jennifer drew a picture of a face, noting the location of the man's scar.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"Some packages were red and white"

"And I remember writing down that there were beer cans in the car, and there were cigarettes, and the brand of cigarettes that he had," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours."

She wrote some of the cigarette packages were "gold and white" and "some packages red and white."

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

Where he worked & what he wore

"He said I work at the garage and Dickinson Police and Galveston Police."

Jennifer wrote the man had on blue jeans and a black shirt. Asked what kind of cigarettes, she wrote "Marlboro."

Jennifer Schuett's notes to police
Dickinson Polcie Department

Map of Jennifer's school

Jennifer showed police where her abductor first took her -- the parking lot of her elementary school.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"He asked me if i wanted some candy"

"He was offering me candy, and I kept refusing," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours."

In 1990 she wrote, "And asked me if I wanted some candy. I said no way."

Jennifer Schuett's notes to police
Dickinson Police Department

More details

In this note, Jennifer again described what she was wearing the night of her attack -- a pink T-shirt and panties with roses on them. Asked if the man was on something she wrote: "Cigarettes" and he "had a 6-pack [of] beer in car - Light Bud."

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"He choked me"

"He choked me 4 times as hard as he could yes yes in the car."

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"He dragged me to a field"

Jennifer noted the pocket knife the man used to slash her throat from ear to ear.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"I'm in pain"

"The man dragged me to a big field. I'm in pain," young Jennifer wrote.

​Survivor Jennifer Schuett's notes to investigators
Dickinson Police Department

"He said his name was Dinnese"

"I just remember remembering his name," Jennifer Schuett told "48 Hours." And so I wrote, "He said his name was Dinnese [Dennis]."

WATCH: Jennifer shares her lifelong journey for answers in "48 Hours" Live to Tell: Afraid of the Dark

"He said his name was Dennis"
Dickinson Police Department