COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Police confirmed Tuesday that the body discovered in the west fork of Sand Creek Monday is that of a missing 17-year-old girl.
Colorado Springs police said Rose Hammes last spoke to her parents before taking cover underneath a bridge during a thunderstorm on Monday. Firefighters made the discovery in that same area -- along Sand Creek underneath that bridge -- sometime after midnight.
Officers said the clothes found on the body found matched Hammes' description. The search for the 17-year-old was called off Tuesday morning.
The El Paso County Coroner later ruled Hammes died as a result of blunt force trauma and drowning.
Overnight, there was a lot of police activity in and around the area where the body was discovered just after midnight under a bridge in a canal on Platte Avenue, just west of Wooten Road.
For about seven hours Monday night into Tuesday morning, firefighters walked along the creek searching for the missing teenager -- starting with the point where Hammes was reported missing near the bridge on Academy Blvd. and Maizeland Road, which is about a 3 mile stretch to where the body was discovered.
Hammes' parents sent out a picture in hopes of locating their daughter. They say she went for a walk by herself around 2:45 p.m. Monday and got caught in a storm.
Her mom said she called her daughter around 3:30 p.m. to find out where was. She told her daughter to take cover, and that they would pick her up.
Hammes was first reported missing around 5:30 p.m.AlertMe