SHEPERDSVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Almost two weeks after a woman was shot and left for dead outside of a gun range investigators put out a picture of a person of interest. A few hours later, detectives received a call from that man.
The man's picture and description were released during a press conference concerning Donesha McStoot's murder held by the Bullitt County Sheriff's Office Thursday.
Surveillance video shown during the press conference showed a man in what looked like white painters clothes and a stars and stripes bandana at Jerry's Liquors. Detectives said witnesses saw him outside the store in a pickup truck with McStoots on May 9, shortly before her murder.
After seeing himself on TV, he showed up to tell detectives what he knew.
Police believe he was with or saw the 21-year-old about a half hour before she was found shot, bleeding and barely clothed on the side of a gravel road. She later died at the hospital. Investigators believe another person, possibly the murderer was also there.
Lt. Mike Murdoch with the Bullitt County Task Force said, "We believe there were more people there, than just this gentleman."
"For her to be over there with somebody she normally wouldn't hang out with makes no sense to me," said the victim's sister, Maresha.
Maresha said of the person of interest, "I've never seen her hanging out with anybody in a painters outfit or driving a truck."
Besides not recognizing the man in the video McStoots' sister said, like police, she believes her sister was also with someone else, someone she knew and trusted.
"She always sent us texts or called somebody and let them know where she was so, it has to be somebody that she was comfortable with," she said.
She only hopes this man is now giving police the details they need to catch her sister's killer.
"I'm just happy that there is something for us to go on, some sort of hope that will find whoever did it." She added, "I want justice more than anything for her, she deserves that."
Police maintain, the man who came in to help with the investigation is not a suspect, but a witness. They said he was very cooperative but they can't say what he told them.
Police do not believe McStoots was sexually assaulted. They are however awaiting test results on what they believe is DNA evidence.
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