FBI investigating National Park assault near Willcox

Cory Marshall

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FBI investigating National Park assault near Willcox

CREATED Aug. 29, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -  Cochise County Sheriff's deputies say someone assaulted a National Park worker on park grounds, Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to deputies, someone attacked 61-year-old Karen Weston Gonzales inside Chiricahua National Monument, near Willcox.

A park researcher later found her "unconscious in a picnic area restroom," according to reports. Authorities say the attacker took off with her government truck. Officials later located the vehicle in Douglas.
 
Thursday, KGUN 9 On Your Side sat down with members of the Gonzales family in an exclusive interview.

"My number one concern is my mom. I want to make sure she's O.k., I want her to recover. I want her to wake up and tell me the story and then we'll have the whole, real story," her son, Joseph Gonzales said.
 
Karen's son, Joseph, also works on the park grounds. At the time of the attack, he says, he was just two miles away.

He says he sat with his mother in the ambulance before she was airlifted to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson. 

"Yeah, at that point she was still responsive to me. I put my hand on her leg [and] she shook her head," Joseph said.
 
As a whole, the Gonzales family says they are having trouble with the timeline.

Joseph says his fellow park employee first rushed to grab him around 1:30, Wednesday afternoon. However, according to a CCSO press release, deputies were not notified of the assault until 3:20 p.m., almost two hours later.
 
"They said, 'we're working on it.' That's all they said. They didn't say they contacted anyone. They said 'we're working on it' and that was unacceptable to me," Joseph told 9OYS while outside UAMC.

According to deputies, the 61-year-old remains in critical, but stable condition. Her family says she is slowly waking up and slightly responsive.
 
No arrests have been made. Anyone with information is asked to call the CCSO.

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