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Ohio Woman Found Burned With Rope Around Her Neck in Road

Comstock/Thinkstock(ZANESVILLE, Ohio) -- An Ohio woman is fighting for her life after being tortured in a wooded area and left to die near a remote road, officials said.

The 29-year-old woman from Canton was discovered naked Sunday morning by a passing motorist on a Zanesville, Ohio, road with a rope around her neck and severe burns.

"I have a woman right here. She's burned severely, she's been raped and she's been beat up," the distressed man told police in his 911 call. "She's got a rope around her neck, she's totally without clothes and she's severely burned."

The motorist told dispatchers that he had the woman lying in the grass and pleaded for them to send medics right away.

The woman can be heard in the background moaning in pain. She is not being identified by name because she is a rape victim.

Despite the excruciating pain, authorities say, she was still able to talk to the motorist, medics and police about what happened.

"Obviously, when you put assault, rape and burn in the same sentence, it's very brutal," Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said at a news conference Monday, according to ABC News Columbus affiliate WSYX-TV.

The woman was transported by air to the burn unit at Wexner Medical Center at Ohio State University in Columbus where she is being treated for fourth-degree burns, as deep as the muscle and bone.

"This is one of the most gruesome things I've ever seen in 23 and a half years in law enforcement, as well as some of our detectives," Lutz said. "I can't imagine the pain this lady went through."

She is in critical condition at the hospital, according to Capt. Jeff LeCocq of the Muskingum County Sheriff's Office.

Officers discovered a crime scene in the wooded area near the road, but would not discuss what they found.

"This was not a random act," Lutz said. "There was a vehicle that we were looking for that interested us. We found that last night in the Canton area. There are some people of interest to us that we are currently looking for."

Although police say they have multiple persons of interest, no arrests have been made.

"Our investigators are still working heavily in the northeast part of the state with the authorities up here on running down leads," LeCocq said Tuesday, "and the investigation is ongoing."

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Middle Schooler Raped by Eight Teen Gang Members

ABC News(MORENO VALLEY, Calif.) -- A gang of teen boys are accused of savagely raping an 11-year-old girl they lured from a California shopping mall and brutalized in the dank men's room of a nearby park, police said.

The oldest of the alleged attackers is Michael Sykes, 19, who was arrested Monday following a two-week manhunt. He is charged with rape, sodomy and assault of a minor.

Sykes is the oldest and last charged member of a group of seven other teens who police say are all members of a local street gang known as the South Side Mafia.

The March 10 rape may have been part of a perverse gang initiation rite, according to police, who said the teens would be further prosecuted on gang-enhanced charges and could be charged as adults.

Police say the girl was lured to Victoriano Park in Moreno Valley, Calif., by an older girl, who she may have known and who may have been working for the gang. The older girl has also been charged for abetting the commission of rape.

The seven other gang members, aged 14 to 17, were arrested soon after the 11-year-old girl came forward to report the crime. Police say they did not initially make news of the crime public so as not to endanger the investigation.

On Monday, the Riverside County Sheriff announced they were looking for Sykes, believing he had fled to Los Angeles. He was arrested later that day.

Sykes and the other boys do not yet have attorneys, police said.

The police have not identified the girl or the accused minor assailants.

It is unknown whether the victim knew the young men, said Cpl. Courtney Donowho, spokeswoman for the Riverside County Sheriff.

Donowho said police do not believe the boys photographed the scene as has happened in other recent gang rape cases.

The incident follows several similar high-profile group sexual assaults.

In February, 13-year-old from Banning, Calif., reported being held down and assaulted by two boys also at a park.

Earlier this month the alleged rape of an 11-year-old girl from Cleveland, Texas, by 18 men and boys ranging in age from 14 to 26 sparked national outrage.

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