ELKHART — Police think a woman might have stayed in her vehicle for up to 12 hours before it was found crashed just off the John Weaver Parkway early Friday morning.
Sgt. Trent Smith, public information officer for the Indiana State Police Bremen Post, said police received a call shortly after 11 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, from Ray Storer of Elkhart, who said his wife did not show up to work that afternoon and that she didn’t come home.
After tracking her location via her cellphone signal, police headed to the area of John Weaver Parkway. At about 1 a.m., after searching the area with their flashlights, Indiana State Troopers John Dupont and Robert Leffert found a green Chevy Trail Blazer several feet off the road and about 15 feet down into a ditch. Inside the SUV, police found Loreena Storer pinned in the vehicle. Storer was extricated from her SUV and taken to Elkhart General Hospital with lacerations to her head and face. Storer was transferred to another hospital, said a representative of Elkhart General Hospital.
Police found Storer’s cellphone in her pocket, but they believe she was not able to reach it because of her injuries, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police Bremen Post.
Police continue to investigate the crash to understand what caused Storer to leave the roadway. They believe the crash happened around 1 p.m. Smith said police could not find any obvious braking or skid marks indicating the vehicle had crashed, which was part of the reason Storer was not found sooner.
“Nobody saw her go off the road, and then you don’t have any obvious signs that her vehicle was there,” he said.
Editor’s note: Braking was mispelled in a version of this story. This version is correct.