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County police are searching for a man they say beat a Jessup woman and left her for dead in a wooded area in Brooklyn Park.

Police released a sketch of the man, who was last seen with Dawn Gallis, 25, in the 7-Eleven store at Benfield Boulevard and Jumper's Hole Road at 2:30 a.m. Nov. 3.

Gallis was found five hours later severely beaten behind a warehouse on Belle Grove Road in Brooklyn Park.

"I thought this case would break real quick," said Detective Keith Williams.

Williams said neither Gallis' friends nor family members know the man, described as in his late 20s, about 5 feet 10 inches tall, with a medium build and light-brown curly hair.

The man is thought to have been driving a 1978 Pontiac Firebird the night of the beating.

Gallis was last seen at the Loft Bar on Crain Highway, Williams said.

"There were a lot of people there that night who knew her and saw her there," he said. "But she was really there alone."

Williams said no one at the bar could say who she left with, but it is possible she met the man in the bar.

An employee of Donaldson Glass at the 4700 block of Belle Grove Road opened the rear bay door of the building and noticed a puddle of blood and drag marks leading to the woods.

He followed the marks, found Gallis and called police. When officers arrived, she was unconscious and having difficulty breathing.

Gallis suffered several blunt blows to the head and was bleeding badly.

Investigators do not know how long she had been in the woods. She remains hospitalized, but police would not say where.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Williams at 222-3566 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 276-8888.

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