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GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Sometimes there is no explanation when the eastbound Amtrak passenger train is late pulling into the station at Glenwood Springs.

But that was not the case on Friday, after police held up the train in Grand Junction for about an hour while they searched for a missing child that did not exist.

Instead, police arrested the purported missing child’s “purported mother,” Summer Leona Smith, 21, no home address provided.

According to police, they got a call at about 11:15 a.m. on Friday about a missing 7-year old girl at the train station. Her supposed mother told police she had left the girl on a bench outside Pufferbelly Restaurant for “a few minutes” and had returned to find the girl gone and nowhere to be found.

A subsequent investigation, police said in a statement, “revealed that … Smith does not have a daughter and [allegedly] falsely reported her missing.”

Smith was arrested shortly before 1 p.m. and charged with false reporting to police, hindering transportation and obstructing governmental operations, all misdemeanors.

VAIL,Colorado – A 27-year old man from the Denver area was picked up by helicopter near Mount of the Holy Cross on Friday after suffering from altitude sickness.

The search began around 8:30 a.m., when one of the hikers in the group called 911 to report that their friend was in need of medical attention for high altitude pulmonary edema.

Vail Mountain Rescue Group sent a search team into the field on foot at the Half Moon Trailhead. The Colorado National Guard assisted with rescue operations by dropping search teams into the field at the top of Half Moon Pass. Rescuers contacted the hikers shortly before noon, 800 vertical feet down from the top of Half Moon Pass. A paramedic from the Eagle County Ambulance District treated the man and walked him back to the top of Half Moon Pass.

The rescue concluded at 2:40 p.m., when the man was airlifted off of the trail by a UH-60 Black Hawk flown by the National Guard.

Rescuers from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Mountain Rescue Group, Eagle River Fire Protection District, Eastern Eagle County Ambulance District and the National Guard assisted.

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