Rose Hammes: Body positively identified as missing teen lost in flood
Update: A body found in Colorado Springs has been positively identified as Rose Hammes, seventeen. Our sincere condolences to her friends, family and loved ones. See our previous coverage below.
Big photos, videos below.
Update, 6:38 a.m. August 13: Yesterday, we told you about a piece of good news that emerged after Friday flooding in Manitou Springs took one life and caused tremendous damage: Laura Hunter, who'd been swept away in the torrent, survived the ordeal....
Look below for video evidence of her resilience, as well as our previous coverage. Unfortunately, though, a new tragedy arrived after another round of flooding, this time in Colorado Springs.
A body has been found, and while the victim hasn't been identified yet, police have called off the search for a missing teen, Rose Hammes, seen here.
Twelve hours ago, the Facebook page of KKTV in the Springs shared viewer Jenna Huntsman's photo of flooding on Powers Boulevard -- an image that offers an indication of the latest storm's strength:
Then, about eight hours ago at this writing, the station posted this notice:
Photo by Jenna Huntsman/KKTV
Please share: Springs police and fire crews searching right now for 16-year-old Rose Hammes. Her mom told us she was out on a walk this afternoon when the storms hit. Her mom says she was seeking shelter under a bridge near Radiant Church off Maizeland and Academy. Please be on the lookout if you are in that area.Accompanying the text was this photo of Hammes, who's now said to be seventeen....
...followed by a more recent one:
Then, earlier this morning, came this update:
BREAKING: Police confirm that they have called off the search for missing teen Rose Hammes. A body was recovered in a creek near Platte and Wooten, but has NOT been positively ID'd at this time.Prior to the discovery, Rose's father, Roman Hammes, spoke to 7News. He said Rose had gone out for a walk at around 3 p.m. yesterday and called her mom after the storm broke. When her mom asked if she wanted her to pick her up, Rose told her, "No, I'll go under the bridge."
Our hearts go out to the entire Hammes family (she's the second oldest of seven kids), as well as her friends and loved ones.
A far more positive 7News story revolves around Hunter, who spoke to the press yesterday from her hospital bed. Here's that clip, followed by our previous coverage.
Continue for our previous coverage of flooding in Manitou Springs.