Storm claims girl's life


  • Rose Hammes
A 17-year-old girl who took shelter under a bridge during last night's storm has died.

Rose Hammes died of blunt force trauma and drowning. Her death is a reminder to steer clear of waterways during flooding. Colorado is prone to flash floods, which develop extremely quickly. Water shooting down canals comes at high speeds and carries heavy debris.

Hammes is the second person in the last few days to die in flooding. John Collins, 53, died on August 9 in floods that swept U.S. Highway 24.

More severe storms are expected tonight. In the meantime, here's the Colorado Springs Police Department:

On August 12, 2013, at 5:41 pm, an “Attempt to Contact” call was received concerning a young teenage girl who went for a walk by herself at 3:00 pm and failed to return home.

Due to the heavy rainfall, the young girl sought shelter under a bridge in the area of Maizeland Road and Academy Boulevard. When her parents were unable to make phone contact with her, they notified the police department.

Our Major Case Violent Crimes Unit immediately responded and conducted a joint search for Rose M. Hammes {01/15/1996} with the Colorado Springs Fire Department and Search & Rescue.

Sadly, at 12:16 am, a body, fitting the description of Rose, was recovered under a bridge in a canal on Platte Avenue just west of Wooten Road.

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office conducted an autopsy earlier this morning and positively identified the body to be Rose Hammes. The cause of death has officially been ruled blunt force trauma and drowning.

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