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Rescuers find Denver woman barefoot, hypothermic, and possibly stalked by a bearDisoriented, alone in the wilderness, barefoot, and perhaps stalked by a bear: I'd say Kelly Guzman has at least a movie-of-the-week (and possibly a feature film) locked up. The 45-year-old Denver resident was rescued from Arapaho National Forest after 8 days wandering barefoot and without food. She lost 30 pounds and got frostbite in her feet, but otherwise she's recovering in a Denver hospital.
"I was just trying to figure out what was the best move without killing myself," she says. "I saw someone pop his head out of the bush and say, 'Kelly, are you Kelly?' And I just started crying. I was so happy. I didn't know anyone was looking for me."Most disturbingly, searchers noted bear tracks near her footprints, suggesting that an interested bear might've following her movements.
"They were finding bear prints on the same course as hers, so they think a bear might have been stalking her all the while," (her husband) Thomas Ashford said.There are a few weird questions surrounding the whole incident. She went into the woods without telling anyone, reportedly to "clear her head" after a DUI. Guzman claims to use medical marijuana, which may have been involved in the DUI. Upon release from the hospital this week, she's expected to attend an interview with a Grand County sheriff to explain how she survived.