Woman Reported Missing Three Weeks Ago Found Alive Trapped In Storm Drain

by : Saman Javed on : 24 Mar 2021 14:16
Woman Reported Missing Three Weeks Ago Found Alive Trapped In Storm DrainDelray Beach Fire Rescue

Florida police have discovered a woman who was reported missing three weeks ago trapped inside a storm drain.

The unidentified woman was found naked in the drain after a passer-by heard her cries for help coming from the drain and called emergency services.


Firefighters called to the scene had to remove the covering and lower a ladder into the 8-foot deep drain, before being able to lift the woman back up to the ground.

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Dani Moschella, a Delray Beach Fire Rescue spokeswoman, told WPLG that the woman, who was reported missing on March 3, was unable to stand.

‘She didn’t have any clothes on. She was very dirty. She had some superficial wounds. Her knees were all scraped up,’ she said, adding that the events leading up to her rescue remain a mystery because it is ‘impossible’ for an adult to fit through the entrance of the drain.


It is unclear how long she had been trapped inside the drain before the discovery. She has now been taken to a local hospital, but her condition is unknown.

‘She was lucky. I don’t know how much longer she would have been okay down there,’ Moschella said.

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


While the events surrounding her disappearance have yet to be figured out, police do not suspect any foul play, a spokesperson told the Sun-Sentinel.

‘From the police department standpoint, we don’t believe there was any type of crime committed,’ Delray Beach Police spokesperson, Ted White, said.

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‘It doesn’t feel like she was taken against her will. It appears this was done by her own free will. She claims that she’s been in the storm drain for a significant amount of time. The biggest question is how long she has been in there, how did she get in there and why?’ he added.


At this time, officers believe she entered the drain system from another location and somehow ended up where she was found.

‘It’s pretty difficult to get into a storm drain where she was found. You’d have to pull up that huge heavy grate. This is one of the most bizarre situations our officers have ever experienced,’ he White said.

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