A Florida woman reported lacking earlier this month was found bare and trapped in an 8-foot storm drain – and instructed her rescuers she had been in the sewer system for about three weeks, police mentioned.
The woman, recognized by Delray Seaside police as Lyndsey Jane Kennedy, 43, mentioned she turned trapped in the storm drain the place she was saved Tuesday off a busy stretch of Atlantic Avenue after swimming in a canal close to her boyfriend’s home on March 3, an incident report obtained by The Publish reveals.
Kennedy, whose mom mentioned has a historical past of psychological sickness and regularly makes use of narcotics, instructed cops she got here throughout a doorway close to a shallow a part of the canal and noticed a tunnel.
“She claimed that she turned curious as to the place the tunnel led and continued to comply with it,” the incident report reads. “That tunnel led to a different tunnel and so forth till she realized that she was misplaced. Kennedy claimed she had been strolling across the sewer system for roughly Three weeks.”
Kennedy, who was found bare and coated in dust with a scraped knee and leaves in her hair, mentioned she “noticed some mild” above the storm drain the place she was found and determined to sit down there since she knew individuals have been strolling above.
A woman known as police to report the startling discover, a 911 name obtained by The Publish reveals.
“Hello, sure, there’s anyone caught in a sewer over right here on Atlantic and 11th Avenue,” the caller instructed a dispatcher. “There’s a girl caught in the sewer, sure … she will’t get out, she’s screaming for assist.”
Kennedy’s boyfriend reported her lacking to the Palm Seaside County Sheriff’s Workplace on March 3, police mentioned.
The Delray woman appeared “very lucid” throughout an interview with police and didn’t meet standards to be hospitalized below Florida’s Baker Act, which permits individuals with psychological diseases to be involuntarily held for as much as 72 hours.
The police report did word, nonetheless, that the “rendition of her occasions” main as much as her being positioned have been uncommon. Officers did request a psychological well being evaluation at a hospital the place she was taken, police mentioned.
Kennedy had been launched as of Wednesday, Delray police spokesman Ted White instructed The Publish.
Investigators additionally contacted Kennedy’s mom, who instructed police she had a historical past of psychological sickness and repeatedly used narcotics, based on the report.
“She additionally said that Kennedy has a historical past of doing odd issues and making unhealthy choices when she is excessive on medication,” police mentioned. “It was additionally found out that Kennedy is a methadone affected person and she or he had her final dose on [March 2], a day earlier than she was reported lacking.”
A Delray Seaside Hearth Rescue crew responded to the “weird” scene after the woman who heard Kennedy yelling known as police.
“Crews eliminated a grate to entry the drain, which is about 8-feet deep, and used a ladder and a harness to boost the woman to floor stage as a small crowd cheered,” fireplace officers mentioned in an announcement.
“This is without doubt one of the most weird conditions our officers have ever skilled,” White instructed the South Florida Solar Sentinel.