Missing woman found alive in car to have feet amputated

KUSA - The missing Highlands Ranch woman found alive in a wrecked car Sunday will have to have her feet amputated, doctors said through a family spokesperson Monday.

Kristin Hopkins, 43, was reported missing April 29 and found inside her wrecked Chevrolet Malibu Sunday afternoon in Park County off Highway 285. The single mother of four remains in critical but stable condition at St. Anthony's Central in Lakewood.

State troopers say an observant passerby spotted the car as he stopped to take in the scenery Sunday afternoon.

Authorities say he noticed a glint of metal several hundred feet down the embankment off the highway and spotted what he thought was a body.

When emergency responders arrived, Hopkins was alive. Her car was severely damaged and upside down after it went airborne 120 feet off the highway and rolled another 200 feet before coming to a rest in an aspen grove.

"The crash alone would have taken its toll on her. It's surprising that she survived the crash at all and then to be down there for that amount of days without food or water," Trooper Dean Enright said.

Park County Sheriff Fred Wegener believes the crash happened several days ago, and she had been without food or water since then.

A family representative said Hopkins was severely dehydrated and had suffered numerous internal and external injuries. The family says they are hopeful for her prognosis and acknowledge she has a "very long road ahead."

One thing the family is curious to know more about is an umbrella that was apparently discovered near the vehicle.

"We do know there are some questions about an umbrella that was found that had hand written pleas for help. We cannot comment right now on that because we haven't seen the umbrella and we don't know what it says," the family said in a statement.

The statement in full reads:

We sincerely appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and kind gestures from the community during such a trying time for our family. We want to first thank the gentleman that found Kristin's car and his quick response in getting her help. We want to thank all of the Park County first responder's that rescued Kristin from her car and were able to get her transported to St. Anthony's hospital for the much needed medical attention. While we're hopeful of her prognosis, Kristin was seriously injured and with multiple internal and external injuries. Later this afternoon Kristin will be undergoing surgery here to amputate both of her feet. Doctors were not able to save her feet due to the severity of those injuries. Kristin is in critical but stable condition at this time and has a very long road ahead. We cannot thank the doctor's and staff here at St. Anthony's enough for all that they are doing. Kristin a single mother of 4 incredible children. At this time we do not know how many days Kristin was trapped in her car. We do know there are questions about an umbrella she had written pleas for help on, we cannot comment on that right now because we have not seen the umbrella. Please respect Kirstin privacy and her family during this difficult time.

Editor's Note:

9NEWS News Production Manager Brian Willie acted as a spokesperson for the family of Kristin Hopkins on Monday.

Willie is a close friend of the Hopkins family. The family asked him to read an on-camera statement to the media at St. Anthony Central Hospital.

Willie was not covering the story for 9NEWS.

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