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Shackled Woman Who Made National News Finally Shares Her Terrifying Story

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In late August, a group of neighbors in the Sunrise Ranch area of Montgomery, Texas were stunned when they saw security footage of a woman only wearing a white t-shirt and broken shackles frantically knocking on their doors at 3:20 a.m. seeking help.

Although the mysterious woman approached several homes in the middle of the night, she disappeared before anyone could respond.

"The look on her face, but she was being very very quiet… she just looked distressed," a neighbor who saw the CCTV video told ABC News.

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Fortunately on August 30, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office said they had identified the 32-year-old woman, but wouldn't reveal her identity as she was a victim of abuse.

Once the video went viral, it was revealed that her boyfriend Dennis Collins, 49, was found dead in his Sunrise Pines home from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, alongside a suicide note explaining how the chain of events unfolded.

"The male did leave a suicide note to help identify the female and some of the circumstances about why this occurred," Montgomery Co. Deputy Scott Spencer said.

While details since then have been scarce, the woman is finally speaking out on her haunting ordeal.

"I truly felt like when that was happening, like, I was going to die there that night."

In an interview with Inside Edition, the woman, who has identified herself as only Lauren, sat down to discuss what really happened that night.

"I was asleep and awoke to what seemed like a nightmare," Lauren said, adding that Collins was "kneeling" above her and "stuffing some sort of cloths in my mouth, duct-taping my entire head."

"I truly felt like when that was happening, like, I was going to die there that night."

She said that the pair had been dating for four months prior to the attack, where he bound her hands and feet and sexually assaulted her.

"I just kept repeating in my head, 'God has more for me than this, I’m not going to die here tonight,'" Lauren continued.

Lauren also shared the contents of her boyfriend's suicide note, where he confessed he still loved her. She said a part of her felt responsible for his death.

"I never would've killed you as you thought," the note read. "I'm sorry for what I’ve done and I wish I could turn back time. Love Dennis. Yes, love. I'm sorry."

She also explained how she escaped from his clutches and made her way into the neighborhood.

"My throat hurt really bad from screaming so he let me go into the kitchen to get a drink, and I while I was getting a drink, he turned around to go out and walked to the bedroom, and that's when I ran out the front door."

Lauren added that she tried to flag down a passing car, but it drove right past her. She said she was she felt "panic, just terror" during those crucial moments.

"I just wanted someone to lay eyes on me," she said. "I felt like if someone saw me, then I would be safe."

Since then, Lauren has reunited with her family in Dallas.

[H/T: Mirror, Inside Edition]

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