Disabled Woman Rescued After Being Lost In Scrap Yard For Nine Days
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A 'severely disabled' woman has been rescued after she was trapped for nine days in a tow truck yard.
On February 14 at around 3.15pm, a potential missing persons report was made to Kent Police, roughly 10 miles south of Seattle in Washington State. A woman made the call after she had not heard from or seen her sister since earlier in the month.
It was discovered that the disabled woman had been last seen on February 5, when her mother reportedly abandoned her in a vehicle at a gas station.
The vehicle was later found having been towed to the Skyway Towing and Recovery yard in St Burien, where the disabled woman was left alone for nine days in 'freezing' conditions.
According to the Kent Police Department: 'Kent Police Officers determined through investigation that the vehicle had been privately towed, at the request of the gas station personnel, to a lot in Burien. Kent Officers contacted the tow company, who then located the daughter inside the vehicle. She had been inside the car for 9 days alone in the tow yard during near freezing weather.'
According to The Independent, the tow company did not realise there was anyone inside the vehicle until February 14, when questioned by police.
The general manager of the yard told KING-TV: 'We sent one of our drivers out, he unlocks the car and had to go through it. She was laying in the backseat and had a whole bunch of clothes and stuff on top of her. Whoever it was that called us and said ‘please search the car,’ they saved her life.'
Kent Police said medical aid was 'immediately requested'. 'King County Sheriffs’ Deputies and King County Fire responded to the tow yard and located the disabled daughter in serious medical condition. She was transported to a local hospital to receive treatment,' the post explained.
The incident is still reportedly being investigated by Kent Police Detectives.
Kent Police Chief Padilla stated: 'We are extremely relieved that we were able to locate and rescue the victim. If not for the efforts of our Officers and the support of King County Sheriffs and Fire, this incident would likely have ended in tragedy.'
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