Earlier this morning, after being reported missing for three days, Texas A&M student Riley Nelson was found by university police. Nelson, a freshman English major, went missing earlier this week while trying to find her car parked on the fourth floor of West Campus Garage.
Nelson survived by using her camelback to collect water dripping down the walls of the garage’s lower levels. While sleeping under a car one night, Nelson was attacked by a bat and used a discarded Whataburger bag to dress her wounds. “I felt bad killing the bat, but it was him or me,” said Nelson. “If that bat could have eaten me, it would have. In fact, I think it was trying to.”
Many students were left puzzled, wondering why Nelson could not just phone a friend for help or arrange a ride home. “After two hours of searching, my phone lost power from draining itself trying to find a signal,” said Nelson. “I didn’t want to ask others for help because I didn’t want to be that loser who lost their car in the parking garage.”
Officer Jeremiah Paulson of UPD identified Nelson as the missing student after noticing she was picking up trash off of the ground. “Students normally either leave trash behind in the garage or walk by it. Meanwhile, Nelson seemed to be gathering it,” said Officer Paulson.
Nelson is expected to make a full recovery after her grueling 72 hour stay in West Campus Garage. “I just hope that my story inspires others to ask for help when looking for their parking spot,” said Nelson.
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