CU-Boulder student's rescue after mushroom-fueled strip during hike goes national
A note to potential employers of Taylor Powers, 21. When you Google her name, you will come across posts like this one -- as well as clips from the New York Daily News and The Smoking Gun -- about her being charged following her mushroom-fueled strip and subsequent rescue during a hike at Chautauqua Park on Sunday. But this incident in no way should define what appears to be a very articulate, together person -- at least judging by her cooking blog, Get in My Belly. And while a couple of the recipes include mushrooms, they're not that kind of mushrooms....
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Around 5:24 p.m. on Sunday, according to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office, a 911 call reported a female hiker near the third flatiron in the park "who was high on mushrooms and in distress."
At that point, approximately 35 rescue personnel from the BCSO, Boulder Open Space and Mountain Parks, Boulder Fire Rescue and the Rocky Mountain Rescue Group responded to the scene, along with an ambulance from American Medical Response.
Powers on the Flatirons in a photo from her Facebook page.
Within about twenty minutes or so, rescuers found Powers, who had reportedly removed all her clothing and was being physically restrained by two companions: Brian Mulligan and William Collins, both 21. The BCSO release notes that she had to be handcuffed for her own safety, with a number of personnel required to secure her to a litter for the trip down the hill.
Afterward, Powers was issued a summons for unlawful consumption of a controlled substance, with the possibility of charges against Mulligan and Collins. That doesn't mean authorities think she was given the mushrooms without her knowledge or consent, though.
Another photo of Powers outdoors from her Facebook page.
"It's still an open investigation," emphasizes BCSO spokesman Rick Brough. "We're looking at where the mushrooms came from and how she got them. If we find out someone gave them to her, we can always look at distribution charges, and if others took them, too, they can be charged with what she was charged with -- unlawful consumption. We haven't made any further arrests yet, but we're still looking into it."
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