Beaten TV Anchor Never Regained Consciousness

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The parents of slain TV anchorwoman Anne Pressly say their daughter couldn't identify her attacker because she never fully regained consciousness after the beating that led to her death.

Guy and Patti Cannady appeared Monday on NBC's "Today" and said they were grateful for the outpouring of support that followed the Oct. 20 attack on their daughter, a morning anchorwoman for KATV in Little Rock.

Police Lt. Terry Hastings said Monday that there were no new developments. Hastings said DNA and other evidence gave police a portrait of the person they're looking for, but they still don't have a name.

Patti Cannady, who had been visiting Little Rock, discovered her injured daughter when she drove to her daughter's home because she didn't answer her mother's customary wake-up call.

"It was the most shocking thing that anyone could see in their entire life," Patti Cannady said. "I couldn't even grasp what I was seeing in my mind."

She said she could not get an answer from her 26-year-old daughter about what happened.

"I was telling her how much I loved her, that I was going to get help," she said. She said she asked: "'Anne, who did this to you, who did this?' I just couldn't fathom what I was seeing."

"She was non-responsive during that period of time," Guy Cannady said. "Due to the extent of the injuries ... she never really regained consciousness."

Pressly died on Oct. 25. With her parents' consent, her organs were donated to six people.

"This is what Anne would have wanted," Patti Cannady said.


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