Searchers believe missing woman got a ride

November 28, 2010

Rescue crews suspect that a woman who went missing in Woodland Park on Friday may have gotten a ride out of the area and is not wandering around barefoot in the snow and cold.

Mindy Lee, a mother of two, went missing near Woodland Park High School, 151 N. Baldwin St., about 8:15 p.m. Friday. Friends told police she jumped out of a truck barefoot and ran away, and they were unable to find her in the dark.

Dan Remsburg, president of Teller County Search and Rescue, said a dog was able to track Lee around the area of the high school, but there was no indication that she wandered very far, he said. Also, trackers did not find barefoot tracks, he said, which might indicate that Lee was wearing shoes after all.

 “There was no indication that she wandered into the woods,” he said. “The dog tracked her around the high school, but it was all in that part of town.”

If she was wandering outside, Remsburg said it could be a dangerous situation. However, the evidence doesn’t point in that direction, he said.

“Without a coat or anything like that, it could be dangerous,” he said. “But she’s got to be inside somewhere, I doubt she’s outside. It seems like she circled around and got a ride out.”

Teller County Search and Rescue teams were called off of the search by Woodland Park Police on Saturday, he said.

Police have been able to track some of Lee’s movements before she disappeared, but not much.

She'd visited Pikes Peak Regional Hospital in Woodland Park earlier Friday night with her friends, but was not examined by a doctor, said Woodland Park Police Sgt. James Halloran. He did not say why they went to the hospital or what they did before that.

“I’m hoping that she’s in someplace warm,” said Halloran. “Because I think if she would have been out there, the dog would have found her. Maybe that’s as hopeful thinking as anything.”

Lee is 5-foot-3 and heavyset with shoulder-length blond hair, and was last seen wearing a red shirt and black pants but no shoes, police said. 

Anyone with information on her whereabouts can call the Woodland Park Police Department at 687-9262.

Contact the writer at 636-0274.

Staff writer Jakob Rodgers contributed to this report.



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