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Outpouring of Support Brings Beaten Nurse’s Family To Miami

May 17, 1986

MIAMI (AP) _ Local residents and businesses moved by the plight of a vacationing English nurse who was beaten into a coma by an attacker have brought her relatives to Florida and begun a medical fund for the woman.

Kathryn Mary Jones, 26, was kidnapped from a telephone booth in Miami Beach on Monday and found unconscious and half-naked the next day in Hollywood, about 20 miles to the north. She was still comatose as of the weekend and listed in critical condition at Memorial Hospital in Hollywood.

Police found the stolen car in which the woman was taken away, but authorities have no suspects, according to Miami Beach police spokesman Howard Zeifman, who refused to give further details on the investigation.

Ms. Jones’ sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Steven Bellis, arrived Friday via a free Eastern Airlines flight from Ryle in northern Wales. A Hollywood company is paying for the couple to stay for a week in a hotel, Zeifman said.

Bellis, who is unemployed, said he did not know how long they would be staying in Florida. ″I’d like to take her home with me if I have my choice,″ he said of Ms. Jones.

A bank account has been opened in Miami Beach into which donations can be made to help pay for the victim’s medical expenses, Zeifman said. By Friday afternoon $1,700 had been pledged.

Bellis, 30, said his wife, who was sedated after the 19-hour trip, was ″still in shock″ after receiving the news about her sister.

He said neither he nor his wife, 32, knew that her sister had come to Miami on her first U.S. trip until they received a postcard from her Monday. His wife was hysterical and began screaming after police contacted them, he said.

″We were completely helpless. There was nothing we could do,″ Bellis said.

″I have no sense of revenge,″ he added.

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