“We had a pretty good suspicion it was broken.”
Mueller estimated she had been dragging herself for about an hour before troopers and CES arrived, Johnson said.
“There’s clear tracks in the snow from where she dragged herself. ... I’m not sure what her plan would’ve been if we didn’t show up.”
When Johnson arrived, Mueller appeared to be very calm, she said.
“I think it’s pretty amazing myself, the way she handled it. ... I don’t know if I would have handled it that well.”
The Scout Lake State Recreation Site is popular in the summer, but in the winter, the park receives fewer visitors and the gate to its parking is closed.
Mueller had parked in front of the gate and walked down the park’s ungroomed trails to the lake.
“She must have wanted to ice skate pretty bad,” Johnson said.
Mueller was the only person in the park when emergency responders arrived and appeared to have been the park’s only visitor for some time, according to Trooper Terrence Shanigan.
“There were no other tracks in the area not even dog tracks,” he said. “(But) it’s a beautiful little spot ... a pretty place to go ice skating.”
CES medics took Mueller to the Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna. As of Thursday afternoon, Mueller still had not been released from the hospital.
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