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Police locate body in search for missing Fort Collins woman

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 15:22:16-05

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Search and rescue teams said they found a body in the search for a missing Fort Collins woman.

Fort Collins Police Services said they found a body in the search Wednesday morning after police found a Jeep belonging to a Christine Cummings, 32, who has been missing from the area since Dec. 29.

They said they believe the body is Cummings.

A utility worker came across the Jeep, which was parked at the Emmaline Lake trailhead in the Pingree Park area of Poudre Canyon, on Tuesday afternoon, police said. Law enforcement confirmed it was her vehicle and started canvassing the area on Wednesday. They found the body that morning.

The Larimer County Coroner will release the woman's identity, as well as cause and manner of death.

Foul play is not suspected, police said.

Cummings was last known to be at her home on Dec. 29, 2020. A relative of hers contacted police three days later, on New Year’s Day, after they had not heard from her for several days, according to a news release from Fort Collins Police Services.

Investigators said her family believes Cummings may have gone hiking.

FCPS is working alongside Larimer County Search and Rescue.

Authorities said they do not need volunteers, as they have safety concerns about the terrain in the area.

Anyone who has been in the Pingree Park area since Dec. 29 and who may have seen Cummings is asked to contact police with any information that may help search efforts.