The Woodland Park Police are still investigating the case surrounding the fatal discovery of a 33-year-old Manitou Springs woman, and mother of two.
However, authorities won’t know for sure until mid-to-late January the final details pertaining to the circumstances regarding the death of
Mindy Lee, who apparently froze to death after being reported missing for several days. Her body was found about two weeks ago behind the Woodland Park High School
“We won’t receive toxicology reports for at least six weeks,” said Woodland Park Deputy Police Chief John Gomes. The deputy police chief, though, said the agency is still conducting interviews and reviewing information pertaining to the case.
But based on their preliminary investigation, authorities have again concluded that no foul play occurred. Lee was reported missing the night of Nov. 26, when she jumped out of a car she was traveling in without wearing any shoes or a coat. She was traveling with two friends and her 4-year-old daughter.
The circumstances surrounding her prompt exit from the vehicle are still unclear, with some family members remaining suspicious about the recent turn of events. Lee and her friends reportedly stopped at the Pikes Peak Regional Hospital earlier that evening. But Lee, who reportedly suffered from laryngitis, was not treated by any physician at the hospital. Her friends stated that she wasn’t acting like herself and ended up jumping out of the car in the Forest Edge subdivision near the high school area.
Her friends tried to chase after her, but couldn’t find her in the dark.
Lee’s body was found by a Woodland Park Police officer about a half-mile from where she exited the vehicle. A preliminary autopsy indicated that she died from hypothermia and experienced minor scratches and cuts in her hands
A memorial service was held for Mindy Lee last week in Manitou Springs. A memorial fund, to help out her two children, has been set up at all Academy Bank locations in Colorado Springs.