UPDATE: Jackson County woman suffers head injuries in attack

Published: Jun. 16, 2020 at 12:38 PM EDT
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UPDATE (WSAZ): 6/17/20 9:45 A.M.

Wanda Palmer is fighting for her life after Jackson County Sheriff's deputies said they were called to her home last Wednesday morning.

Palmer suffered severe head trauma.

Her mom, Eileen Palmer, said she called 911 after lawn-care workers showed up and found her daughter with severe head injuries.

"They came Wednesday morning to mow her grass and they found her in a pool of blood," Eileen Palmer said. "They said they ran up on the hill real fast and told us, and I called the police."

Wanda Palmer was rushed to the hospital in critical condition. Jackson County officials said she was attacked in her home on Flatwoods Road near Ravenswood.

Eileen Palmer said she she is just thankful her daughter is still alive.

"Thank God, she is still alive, thank God, prayers are really going up for her," she said.

Eileen Palmer said she lives right next door, but she did not hear anything that Tuesday night.

"I had my windows open in my home, and we never heard one thing," she said.

Jackson County officials said they are working diligently on the case and added that they have had several tips. But the person who attacked Wanda Palmer hasn't been found.

"I just pray and hope the police finds out who it is," Eileen Palmer said.

Neighbor Theresa Fisher lives just a mile down the road. She said her neighbor told her about the attack after hearing the call over her police scanner.

"I just hope they find the person who did it, if they haven't found them already so they can get to the bottom of it," Fisher said.

When Eileen first visited her daughter, she was on life support. And while Wanda Palmer is now able to breathe on her own, her path to recovery remains uncertain.

"It's really sad, it's terribly sad, its terribly sad," Eileen Palmer said. "She hasn't opened her eyes yet or nothing."


A Jackson County woman remained hospitalized Tuesday in Charleston with serious head injuries after she was found bloodied and unconscious at her home, authorities said.

Wanda Palmer, 50, who lived alone, was found on Wednesday by some people who stopped by her home on Flatwoods Road in Ravenswood, Jackson County Sheriff Tony Boggs said.

So far, there have been no arrests, but Boggs said deputies have been working hard to find out what happened. He said the attack does not appear to have been a random act.

“We’re following leads,” he said. “We’ve got some stuff to go on. We’ve been working on it pretty much around the clock.”

Authorities have not released additional details about the attack.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Office at 304-373-2290.