Taking advantage of summer break, soon-to-be University of Colorado at Colorado Springs junior Syrie Estes set out on a hike in Palmer Park Tuesday morning to relax before work.
Like most 19-year-olds, she brought along her cellphone and stopped near Parking Area 15 shortly after 9 a.m. to take in the view and message friends.
That's the last thing Syrie remembers before waking up on the ground "pretty beat up and sore." She was 15 feet from her belongings. No one else was around.
Disoriented, she called her mother, Wendy "Niki" Estes. "I think I was just attacked," she said. She and her mother believe she was knocked out by someone who possibly meant her worse harm.
"Luckily, something happened during the time she was unconscious that the person left her there and she escaped with a bruised hip bone, concussion and everything else is just scrapes and bruises," Niki wrote on Facebook.
Pictures of Syrie in a hospital bed showed her in a neck brace and being tended to by nurses.
Syrie estimates she was unconscious for about 20 minutes.
"I am pretty shaken up and think I'm still in shock but wanted to post to warn people, especially girls, to be careful in that area," Syrie wrote on Facebook. "I got extremely lucky and am very thankful I'm okay."
Syrie initially called police Tuesday to report the attack after leaving the hospital, where she said doctors ruled out any medical condition that could have caused her to black out, but because she lives in Fountain she was told to make an in-person report Wednesday. She did.
Police spokesman Lt. Howard Black said the department is not aware of any other reports of attacks in the Palmer Park area. They are investigating Syrie's report.
Niki described Syrie as "driven and focused," and commended her for going on a hike, even alone, to "take care of your mental and physical wellness in a place that felt safe."
Someone tried to rob her of that safety, but shouldn't succeed, Niki said.
Anyone with information about the alleged attack is asked to call police at 719-444-7000.
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