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Update: Boyfriend of woman who was seen with broken restraints and ringing door bells commits suicide

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Jay R. Jordan
Houston Chronicle

UPDATE:
Authorities with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday that the woman seen in the home surveillance video is not missing 19-year-old Caitlin Denison.

Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Spencer told media that the woman seen in the video was the girlfriend of a man who died by suicide Wednesday.

Here is a full statement from the sheriff’s office on the situation:
“On August 29th 2018 at about 11 a.m. the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office received a welfare check call in the 18400 block of Sunrise Pines in the Sunrise Ranch subdivision. Deputies received information a male made suicidal comments. When deputies arrived on scene they could not get an answer at the door and due to the circumstances made forced entry into the home. A man was found deceased inside the home. The male was identified as a 49 year old white male. They preliminary cause of death is believed to be a single gunshot wound. The deceased’s girlfriend a 32 year old white female, who was not on scene when deputies arrived, is confirmed to be the female in the doorbell ring video. Due to the female’s status as a family violence victim, the female’s identity can not be released at this time. The female is confirmed to be safe and with family. The investigation will continue.” – Lieutenant Scott Spencer

 

ORIGINAL STORY:

The family of a missing teenager from Nevada believe a woman seen frantically ringing a doorbell in the Houston area days ago is their missing loved one.

Caitlin Denison has been missing from the Reno area for about nine months, her grandmother Carol Pierce told Chron.com on Wednesday.

Denison, 19, last told family members that she was meeting someone in Texas and hasn’t been heard from since, Pierce said.

As the teenager’s family members searched for clues, home surveillance video surfaced from Montgomery, Texas, showing a woman ringing a doorbell at a home in the small Sunrise Ranch subdivision.

Pierce said she and several other family members believe the woman in the video is Denison.

“I got chills,” Pierce said. “… I really feel it’s Caitlin. We’re so heartsick.”

The woman in the video approached the home around about 3:20 a.m. Aug. 24 and started ringing the doorbell, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.

The resident was awakened by the bell, but the woman was gone by the time the resident opened the door, said Lt. Scott Spencer, whose department has circulated the video.

The woman in the video has dark hair and has a physique similar to Denison’s, Pierce said. Denison was known to have bleached hair, but she’s a natural brunette, Pierce said – giving the family more reasons to believe the woman in the video is their missing family member.

Pierce said the woman in the video has something wrapped around her wrists, which she believes is consistent with a theory that Denison was abducted and kept hostage.

Anyone with information about the woman seen in the home surveillance video is urged to call the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at 936-760-5800 and refer to case No. 18A243347.

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