UPDATE 1/6/21 – 12:15p:
From Fort Collins Police Services:
With a heavy heart, we have an update in the missing person case.
A deceased woman, believed to be Christine Cummings, has been located by search and rescue teams.
On the afternoon of January 5, 2021 a utility worker reported a vehicle matching the description of Christine Cummings’ missing Jeep. The Jeep was parked at the Emmaline Lake trailhead in the Pingree Park area. Law enforcement responded and confirmed that it was the missing woman’s vehicle. Search efforts began immediately with assistance from Larimer County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Services, Larimer County Search and Rescue, and Diamond Peaks Ski Patrol.
On the morning of January 6, search teams canvassing the area located a deceased female, presumed to be Cummings. The Larimer County Coroner will officially release the woman’s identity, as well as cause and manner of death, at a later time. Based on the facts and evidence gathered during the investigation, foul play is not suspected.
“This community showed a truly remarkable outpouring of support in the effort to locate Christine,” said FCPS Chief Jeff Swoboda. “We share your grief in this tragic loss of life, our deepest condolences are with Christine’s family and everyone impacted by this heartbreaking outcome.”
Anyone with information about this case, who has not already spoken to police, may contact Detective Marty Shaw at 970-416-2051.
UPDATE 1/6/21 – 10:29a:
We’ve received messages indicating that the SAR team has been called back to base. We will update with new developments.
UPDATE 1/6/21 – 7:07a:
We have placed a call to Larimer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Public Information Officer was able to confirm that Larimer County is involved in a search and rescue effort. At this time, LCSO is unable to confirm in which area they are searching and for whom. They indicated that this is a Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) investigation; we will release newer information as it becomes available. We placed a call to FCPS, and a detective will be calling us back with more information. We have changed location details for Christine’s record to reflect Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest, with a last known location of Poudre Canyon. A Sergeant from the FCPS returned our call at 8:20a PST, indicating that SAR is on-site and that other details can be provided by LCSO. FCPS is involved as the home agency for this case. As of 8:24a on 1/6/21, no official law enforcement report has been made indicating that anything more than her vehicle has been found.
Updated on 1/6/21 at 6:35a:
A vehicle, identified as being that of missing 32-year-old Christine Cummings, has been found at a trailhead in the Poudre Canyon, according to a post made public by a friend of Christine, Melissa George, around 6 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Larimer County Search and Rescue is reported to have started a search of the area and ask that volunteers wait to help with that search due to safety risks.
Missing NPF has updated Christine’s last known location as being inside the Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forest, with a mapping locator as near to the indicated trailhead as possible.
Updated on 1/4/21 at 10:45p:
Much is still uncertain surrounding the disappearance of Christine Cummings, but a few facts remain unaltered. Apparently, Christine was party to a divorce proceeding, she used Bumble to make friends online, and she was an avid hiker, frequenting locations such as Rocky Mountain National Park and others mentioned in our database listing.
She was last seen on/about December 29, 2020, even though co-workers of Christine and friends last report seeing/speaking with her the day before. A concerned family member reported Christine missing on January 1, 2021, and friends and family believe Christine may have gone hiking. Detective Chenoweth is handling the case for the Fort Collins Police Department.
As of January 4, 2021 at 10:58p, no official notification has been released by the National Park Service (NPS) or Rocky Mountain National Park.
Of particular interest to Missing NPF, is a social media report from a friend of Christine’s on social app, Bumble, that momentarily displayed Christine’s location. In this report, Christine’s friend indicated that Christine’s location was showing “Fort Collins” with no approximate distance until around 10:20a on January 4, 2021. Heading south from Laporte, Colorado, Christine’s friend indicated that the app started to show a location ~5 miles away and, as Christine’s friend continued driving south on that road, that distance had become ~3 miles (near the intersection of West Vine Dr. and North Taft Hill). Her friend reported calling Christine during this time, there was no answer. Her phone went back to displaying “Fort Collins” shortly after that call.
From this information – together with information from friends and family that she loves the outdoors – a location of interest in the search for Christine Cummings would be somewhere within the Reservoir Ridge Natural Area.
CHRISTINE’S VEHICLE HAS BEEN FOUND NEAR THE FOLLOWING LOCATION. A MORE ACCURATE MAP LOCATION WILL BE PROVIDED AS MORE INFORMATION IS RELEASED
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Christine Cummings, please call 970-221-6540. Any message delivered to Missing NPF will be directed to law enforcement.
Christine was 32 years old, nearly 5’6, weighed roughly 120 lbs, had blue and green eyes, and brown hair.
As reported via Facebook:
Christine Cummings has been missing since Tuesday December 29th and was last seen at her home in Fort Collins, Colorado. She loves the outdoors and there is fear she may be outside somewhere and need help. She is an avid hiker/camper and some of her close friends believe she may have gone hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park or possibly Rabbit Mountain Open Space near Boulder. She drives a black Jeep Grand Cherokee with EOL in the license plate. We don’t have any details about what she may have been wearing, but if anyone remembers seeing her out on the trails (or anywhere else) or has seen her Jeep parked at a trailhead, along the road, or elsewhere, please contact the Fort Collins Police Department at 970-221-6540.
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