The search for a missing teenager ended tragically on Tuesday morning after her body was recovered from a creek near Platte and Wooten.
The El Paso County coroner has confirmed that it is the body of Rose Hammes, who disappeared Monday during the heavy rainstorm that hit Colorado Springs.
Rose, 17, went out for a walk around 2:45 p.m. and got caught in the storm. Her mother says she called her daughter around 3:30p.m. to find out where she was, and told her to get under cover and she would come pick her up.
But Rose never turned up.
Friends and family joined police and firefighters, combing the area south of Radiant Church off Maizeland and Academy searching for the teen. Shortly after midnight, police discovered a body in the creek.
11 News talked with Hammes' next door neighbor. He says he was the first person the family contacted for help after they called police.
“This family is a remarkable family. We became good friends. At 3:30 I came home and Roman said, Ken, Rose is missing. Is there anything you can do to help? It’s just one of those tragedies that makes you wonder why,” Ken Scott said.
11 News also talked with Rose’s mother Monday night, during that frantic search. The last thing Rose said to her mom over the phone was that she was going to seek shelter under the drainage bridge.
“It started raining and hailing and I called her and asked her if she wanted me to pick her up and she didn’t know exactly where she was at that time,” Kristine Hammes said.
The east side of town, where Rose's body was found, flooded in many areas as heavy rain pounded the Springs for several hours.
The coroner has determined that the cause of death was drowning and blunt force trauma.