Authorities are asking for help identifying a suspect after an 18-year-old woman was badly beaten and stabbed in New Jersey early Saturday.
Police responded to a report of a woman with head trauma on Vanderbilt Avenue in the Somerset section of Franklin Township shortly before 6:30 a.m. and found the victim outside her home with a serious head injury and stab wounds to her arms and upper body.
Officials said emergency personnel "performed life-saving measures" on the victim and rushed her to an area hospital where she underwent emergency surgery.
Police said the victim had been home alone at the time and that a black 2009 4-door Mazda 6 with New Jersey the plate YHX-85W was missing from the home after the attack.
Neighbors who live on the same block said the woman made her way to their door, bleeding and badly injured, and the neighbors called 911.
Authorities are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.
Anyone with information about the attack or the whereabouts of the missing car is asked to call the Franklin Township Police Department at 732-873-2300, the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Major Crimes Unit at 908-231-7100, or the Somerset County Crime Stoppers at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477).
--Ida Siegal contributed