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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - It's been three months since Lori Lee was beaten, set on fire and left for dead -- and the person responsible is still at large.
Lee was found early on the morning of Oct. 9 on the front porch of a home just inside the Wyoming city limit. She had been beaten and badly burned.
Lee spoke with 24 Hour News 8 on Wednesday, describing what she remembers about her attacker and the night she nearly died.
Lee said she doesn't remember everything from that night.
"It's mostly bits and pieces," said Lee.
She said she met the attacker while walking in downtown Grand Rapids. They talked, she said, but she doesn't remember much else until:
"Basically waking up in the back of a van. I was pulled from there by this person I do not know."
And she remembers some of the most painful parts of the night.
"I do remember the gasoline being poured on me... and, um... set on fire."
She said she also remembers that the attacker said he was going to kill her.
"They told me I was gonna die. I told them I was not," she said.
She said she managed to ask the man a question as he beat her.
"The only thing that I said to him is, 'Why are you doing this to me?' I said that. They didn't respond."
The morning after she'd been attacked and left for dead, Lee woke near a park and managed to walk to a residence.
Maria Centeno opened the door when Lee knocked. Centeno speaks very little English. But she understood what Lori needed.
"I just said '911'. That's all I could say to her and she understood," said Lee.
Centeno, her granddaughter Juana translating, told 24 Hour News 8 in October that Lee's her face was "dark like charcoal. Black with blood."
Lee, 38, will never see out of her right eye again. Burns cover the vast majority her body.
"It's constant. It's constant pain," said Lee.
But though the scars from that night in October are still visible, Lee said that mentally, she's moved on. And she said that the mirror is not her enemy:
"It's not hard because I'm still me," she said. "I'm a very strong person. I really am."
Just after the attack, Lee was too badly injured to communicate with police or give them any clues to the identity of her attacker. Authorities released surveillance photos of her from the day of the attack, hoping to trigger memories of residents that could lead to clues. But there still hasn't been an arrest.
Lee hopes that someone knows something about the man who hurt her. But it's not out of vengeance, she said.
"I would hate for this to happen to someone else," said Lee.
Lee describes the attacker as a light brown-skinned man with an accent and dark hair. She said he was driving a white or light-colored van.
Anyone with information on the attack is asked to call the Grand Rapids Police Department at 616.456.3600 or Silent Observer at 616.774.2345.
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