ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 21-year-old man charged with attempted murder in an assault on a woman found barely alive in an Anchorage ditch has surrendered, police said.

Bukurim Miftari made contact with police through his lawyer Tuesday evening and was taken into custody, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Police said the man, who had a domestic relationship with the injured woman, 30-year-old Kristen Reid, is suspected of severely beating her.

She remained hospitalized in critical condition late Tuesday.

The investigation began early Monday morning with the discovery of a sport utility vehicle parked in the middle of Fairbanks Street north of International Airport Road on the east side of midtown Anchorage.

The inside of the SUV was stained with blood.

Investigating officers found the severely injured Reid nearby in a ditch. Investigators have not said whether a weapon was used in the assault, or whether Reid walked to the ditch or was left there.

“That is part of the investigation,” Shell said. “There are still a lot of missing pieces to this one.”

Police also have not released Reid’s specific injuries.

“We need to filter the information that is coming in to determine if it’s credible,” she said.

Detectives determined that Reid was trying to end her relationship with Miftari, Shell said.

Police announced late Monday that Miftari was a “person of interest” in the case. Their investigation led them to a home near Old Seward Highway and Grange Street at about 9 p.m. As officers approached, however, Miftari escaped out a back window, Shell said.

A search aided by an Alaska State Troopers helicopter and multiple canine units failed to find the man.

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