Washington police said the 28-year-old woman, who is severely disabled, was left alone in the car for nine days before she was found.
The woman’s 45-year-old mother left her in a parked car at the gas station in Kent on Feb. 5 before leaving, Kent police said in a press release on Facebook.
According to police, the car was towed at a gas station to the evacuation yard in Burien, and the woman was still inside.
Nine days later, police said they had answered a call from the woman’s sister, who reported her missing.
Police contacted the gas station and then a tow truck that found the woman in a car on the tow truck.
According to police, the daughter spent more than a week in the car when the temperature almost reached zero.
She was taken to hospital in critical condition.
“We are very happy to have been able to find and save the victim. Were it not for the efforts of our officers and the support of Sheriffs and King County Firefighters, this incident would probably have ended in tragedy. ” Kent Police Chief Rafael “Raf” Padilla said in a news release.
The investigation is ongoing.
Kent is located about 20 miles northeast of Tacoma.
This story was originally published February 22, 2022 4:45 p.m.