Naked woman with legs tied rescued from Florida drain, won't say how she got there

The CCTV footage shows several cars parked right next to the drain when the man who called the police walked by


                            Naked woman with legs tied rescued from Florida drain, won't say how she got there
CCTV footage shows police talking to the woman before she was rescued from the drain in Fort Myers, Florida (NBC2 News/YouTube)

FORT MYERS, FLORIDA: Fort Myers residents in Florida were in for a surprise on September 10, when their town made headlines for a rather unusual incident. A woman was rescued from a storm drain on South Cleveland Avenue, where she was found naked and tied up. After being rescued she was taken to a local hospital, leaving many amused and surprised. 

It's unclear who the woman is, but so far it doesn't appear to be Lyndsey Kennedy. In March, Kennedy made the news after she was rescued from a storm drain in Fort Lauderdale, also naked. Then in June, Kennedy again went missing, before being located in a storm drain in Texas. In July, we reported on another bizarre incident where a naked woman was sandwiched between two buildings in Orange County California. Unlike Kennedy, it's unclear how she ended up there. 

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That's the situation in Fort Myers as well. According to reports, the woman is refusing to cooperate with the police investigation, so it's unclear how exactly she ended up in the storm drain. She might have been stuck there for even longer though if it wasn't for one sharp-eared man.

A man spots a naked woman inside a storm drain in Fort Myers, Florida. (NBC2 News/YouTube)

'It's very scary'

CCTV footage shows a man leaving nearby India’s Grill restaurant, while on the phone. He reportedly heard the woman's call for help, and spotted her "out of the corner of his eye". The unnamed man then called the police, leading to police, firefighters, and EMS arriving on the scene within minutes. Fire officials removed the metal grate, before extracting the woman. A local report says she was found naked and had her legs bound together. 

After being treated at the scene by EMS, the woman was reportedly transported to a local hospital. It's unclear how exactly she ended up inside the drain, a local report claims "she doesn't know how she got in." A local NBC reporter commented, "these storm drains aren't easy to move, they are hundreds of pounds each." Also unclear is how long the woman has been inside the drain. The NBC report said Fort Myers police have so far reviewed three days of footage but found nothing to show how and when the woman ended up inside.  As the police hunt for answers, local residents and visitors have been left slightly alarmed. "I just told my girlfriend, she’s no longer walking through her by herself," one witness told NBC. "So yeah, that’s scary. It’s very scary." Another eyewitness asked, "how did she get in there?"

It is believed the woman was staying at the Travelodge hotel nearby, but that's all we know for now. It's strange that she wasn't rescued earlier, given the area is often filled with loads of traffic and people. The CCTV footage shows several cars parked right next to the drain when the man who called the police walked by. There's also a coat factory nearby, so it is indeed surprising no one saw or heard the woman before September 10. 

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