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UPDATE: State Trooper shares story of how he found Woman trapped in car for hours


An Elkhart woman is in stable condition, according to Memorial Hospital, after an accident that left her trapped in her car for nearly 12 hours

Indiana State Police say Ray Storer of Elkhart called around 11:00 p.m. Thursday evening, telling police his wife, Loreena Storer, didn't report for work Thursday evening. Storer says he last saw his wife when he left Thursday morning, and that calls to her cell phone went to voicemail.

Troopers were able to ping Loreena Storer's cell phone, which returned to an area near John Weaver Parkway south of County Road 6 in Elkhart. Troopers say Storer's SUV was nearly unnoticeable in wooded area about 30 feet off the road and down an embankment.

State Police believe Storer crashed her vehicle around 1:00 p.m., meaning she'd been trapped nearly 12 hours by the time she was rescued.

Police say Storer had lacerations and trauma to her head and face. Police found her cell phone in her pocket, but believe she wasn't able to use it due to her injuries. She was taken to an Elkhart hospital, then later transferred a South Bend hospital where she was reported as being in fair condition Friday afternoon.

Trooper Robert Leffert was one of the State Troopers who found Storer.  Friday he shared the story of how they located her.  He said when they got to the area on John Weaver Parkway where the cell phone ping led them they didn't see a vehicle anywhere.  "When we first got to the scene we were not expecting to find a vehicle there were no marks on the road, in the grass."

The road is lined with heavy vegetation so when Troopers didn't find a car they started searching for Storer's cell phone.  "As Trooper DuPont and I started walking up and down the shoulders my flashlight just happened to shine on the windshield deep inside vegetation," said Leffert.

Once they found the car, they found Storer inside.  Leffert said, "I was able to climb down and see inside the vehicle and that's when I first made contact with her."  Rescue crews responded and freed her from the car, then rushed her to the hospital.

Leffert said the story has a happy ending, but he still can't believe this happened.  "It was almost like the trees and branches swallowed up the vehicle."

State Police say they still haven't determined why Storer crashed.  So if you saw anything unusual, all state police.

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