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Council Bluffs woman trapped in manhole for nearly 24 hours

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COUNCIL BLUFFS (KWWL) -

Melissa Ramirez told police she was walking along a retaining wall Saturday and accidentally fell into the sewer opening.

She was trapped in the manhole for nearly 24 hours.

Temperatures dropped below zero on Saturday, and the wind chill factor made it feel even colder.

She was discovered on Sunday afternoon.

A 911 dispatcher said the woman faded in and out of consciousness and appeared to be suffering from hypothermia. Paramedics took her to a Council Bluffs hospital with serious injuries.

The men who found her said the woman was naked from the waist down.

Police explain that people who experience hypothermia often feel warm right before losing consciousness, so it's not uncommon for victims to be found without clothing.

The cover to the hole where the woman was found had been stolen. Officials suspect the manhole was sold as scrap metal.

It was replaced Monday.

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