Three years later, search still on for suspect in Coolidge acid attack

- In a matter of seconds, a Coolidge woman's life was changed forever, as a stranger came to her door, and threw battery acid on her.

The acid attack, which leaving the woman's face, lungs and chest severely burned, happened in 2015, and so far, the suspect has not been found.

Tonya Murillo says the scars on her face are a constant reminder of what happened to her. She says she suffers from PTSD, and finds it hard to leave her house alone. However, despite all she's gone through, she remains optimistic her attacker will be caught.

"Have you ever been burned by something? Try ten times worse," said Murillo. "Just knowing your skin is melting, it's horrifying."

Reliving the memories of a March night back in 2015 is painful for Murillo.

"The first thing he says is 'hey, what's up'," Murillo recounted. "And then, I saw him reach down and grab a big old jar, and I just knew right away when he went like this. I just knew right away it was acid."

Murillo suffered burns to her face, neck, chest, and even her lungs. She spent a month in the burn unit, with most of the time in a medically induced coma.

The person who threw the acid on her has never been caught.

While Coolidge Police officials say she was targeted, it remains a mystery as to who targeted Murillo, and why the person targeted her.

"Not being able to find the person who did this to them, it's probably the most frustrating case I've worked," said Sgt. Ashley Walker with Coolidge Police. "Every lead that we have received, we have followed until the absolute end. We've exhausted everything we could possibly do at this point, and still have no resolve for her."

Murillo worked with a sketch artist to come up with a composite of the suspect, described as a Hispanic male in his 20s, anywhere from 5'4" to 5'6" tall. Even though no arrest has been made yet, Murillo is hopeful.

"Somebody knows something, and I want answers as to why, and I want that person behind bars before they go and do it to somebody else," said Murillo.

Police say the attacker likely has burns himself on his hands and arms. Anyone with information about the attack should call Coolidge Police, or Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Spanish speakers can leave an anonymous tip by calling Testigo Silencioso at 480-TESTIGO.

Si tiene alguna información sobre este caso, llame a la línea de Testigo Silencioso (480-TESTIGO, 480-837-8446).

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