Colorado woman missing 4 days found in crash wreckage off highway

PARK COUNTY, CO - A Highlands Ranch, Colorado woman was found Sunday in the wreckage of her car, four days after she was reported missing.

Kristin M. Hopkins, 43, was found 140 feet below 10,051-foot Red Hill Pass in Park County by emergency rescue personnel.

She was airlifted by Flight for Life to San Anthony's Central in Lakewood where she was reported to be severely dehydrated and in critical condition, according to the sheriff's office.

The rescue started just before 2 p.m. after several individuals reported seeing a body in a wrecked car off U.S. Highway 285. The wrecked vehicle had come to a stop upside down in an aspen grove, after rolling several times. 

Park County Sheriff’s Deputies, Fairplay Police, South Park Ambulance, Northwest Fire, Jefferson Como Fire and the Colorado State Patrol responded to the scene, finding Hopkins alive.

Firefighter Jim Cravener, who helped rescue Hopkins, said she had an umbrella with her and wrote notes on it, pleading for help.  

"It appeared she had written notes on an umbrella, that she could get out of the vehicle and open the umbrella, hoping somebody from the highway would see it," Cravener told 7NEWS.

Hopkins was reported as a missing person by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on April 29.

Red Hill Pass is 7 miles north of Fairplay, Colorado.

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