Unconscious female found on Clear Creek Drive

A passerby found an unconscious woman suffering from hypothermia on Clear Creek Drive near North Mountain Avenue on New Year's Day, police said.

The woman was seriously injured when police found her, but has been released from the hospital, said Sgt. Hector Meletich with the Ashland Police Department.

Police declined to release information about the woman's age and city of residence because the investigation is ongoing.

"At this time we believe that she may have been abducted," Meletich said. He declined to comment on possible leads or suspects in the case.

An Ashland man noticed the woman at about noon Friday as he walked near Clear Creek Drive and North Mountain Avenue, a semi-rural area near railroad tracks and a construction project.

The man called 9-1-1 and police and emergency medical officials responded to the scene.

It's unclear how long the woman had been at the location where she was found, Meletich said. He declined to specify exactly where the victim was found on Clear Creek Drive and whether her body was visible from the road.

"She was suffering from hypothermia," he said. "We just don't how long she was out there for."

Contact staff writer Hannah Guzik at 482-3456 ext. 226 or hguzik@dailytidings.com.

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