A social media post about an alleged attack in Palmer Park this week has gone viral, causing widespread concern in Colorado Springs.
Police say Syrie Estes filed a police report today so they can start trying to piece together what happened. They say by simply being more attentive, hikers can stay safer when they head to the trails.
"Hi, I needed to report an assault," said Estes in an emergency dispatch phone recording obtained by News 5.
The call came into Colorado Springs Police-Fire dispatch Tuesday evening. Syrie Estes, a hiker at Palmer Park, described the moment she passed out and woke up, believing she'd been attacked.
"I was, like, dragged away from my stuff and like, the way, the different places where I'm injured weren't just places that would be hit when you like, would fall or something like that," Estes said over the phone. Estes had already been treated in the hospital, posting pictures, along with a description of the incident on Facebook.
The post quickly made rounds on local community pages, getting thousands of shares. But earlier this afternoon, police said Estes hadn't filed a report.
"I listened to that recording in which she was talking about an assault that occurred in the park," said Lt. Black with Colorado Springs Police.
So, police reached out to her on social media, hoping she would help them open an investigation.
"We can't take information you know, off of a social platform and open up a criminal investigation," said Black. "We have to talk to the victim."
Hikers at Palmer Park say their feeling of safety hasn't changed. "I personally haven't seen anything out of the ordinary," said 17-year-old hiker Jakob Wood.
Police say it's not likely they will given the fact that people-to-people crimes in city parks are very rare. "They are very safe environments," added Black. "Do we have events that occur occasionally? Absolutely."
But, to take precautions, they add it's important to pay attention to your environment.
"Be aware of our surroundings, you know, ensuring that we're not on our cell phones, we're not texting," cautioned Black. "Just always have an awareness and let people know where you're at."