Missing Woman Found Weeks Later Trapped and Naked in Storm Drain

A woman who was reported missing in Florida three weeks ago has been rescued from a storm drain where she was found trapped and naked.

Delray Beach Fire Rescue said a passerby had heard the woman's cries for help and called 911 just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Firefighters said they removed a grate before using a ladder and harness to lift her out of the drain. The woman, whose identity has not been released, has now been taken to a local hospital, the department added.

The woman had been reported missing to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on March 3. Officials reportedly do not know how long she was in the 8-foot deep storm drain.

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The woman was found in a storm drain after being reported missing weeks earlier. Delray Beach Fire Rescue

The woman had been yelling for help during rush hour traffic, Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokesperson Dani Moschella confirmed to Newsweek.

"She was lucky. I don't know how much longer she would have been OK down there," Moschella said.

"The idea that somebody might be down there for any length of time is disturbing. It's dirty, dangerous, there are snakes, rats, garbage, dirt and leaves, anything that's on the street that washes into a sewer, and it smells terrible."

Moschella also said the woman was found naked, covered in dirt with leaves in her hair and scraped knees, adding that she was too weak to stand up without help.

The storm drain entrance was also too small for an adult to fit through, Moschella added.

Delray Beach Police spokesperson Ted White told the news agency that investigators do not suspect foul play. He said: "From the police department standpoint, we don't believe there was any type of crime committed.

"It doesn't feel like she was taken against her will. It appears this was done by her own free will."

Newsweek has contacted the police department for comment.

DBFR rescued a woman trapped in a storm drain Tuesday morning, removing a grate and using a ladder and harness to raise her to ground level before transporting her to a local hospital. A passerby called 911 just before 9 a.m. @DelrayBeachPD is investigating. pic.twitter.com/EFFBlj4h1U

— Delray Beach Fire Rescue (@DelrayBeachFire) March 23, 2021

Last month, a man was found alive seven weeks after he was reported missing in the Grand Canyon in Arizona.

Stephen Coleman, 60, from Portland, Maine, had last been seen on December 20 on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon but he was found on February 7 just outside of the national park.

A few weeks later, the body of a woman from California was found 300 feet below the rim of the Grand Canyon.

Lillian Meyn, 31, from Woodside, California, had been reported missing by a family member the day before.