According to officials, the romance author who vanished after leading officers on a high-speed chase through a national park in Wyoming was recovered safe on Friday.
Faleena Hopkins, 52, was located 18 days after going missing, but Jackson police did not disclose where she was discovered. Instead, they indicated that the public and members of the media assisted them in finding Hopkins.
“She is safe and her family has been notified. She is no longer considered a missing person,” Lt. Russ Ruschill told Fox News in a statement.
Hopkins — well-known for coining the term “cocky” in her raunchy “Cocker brother” series — vanished on Jan. 27, the day she was released from jail for her dramatic run-in with Wyoming cops.
Three days earlier, she had been given a ticket for driving a “non-oversnow vehicle on an oversnow route” after becoming caught in her automobile and requiring a snowplough to free her.
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After letting her go, cops tried to stop her again while she was parked “in the highway at Jackson Lake Junction, inside Grand Teton National Park,” but Hopkins took off.
She led law enforcement on a 24-mile chase through the park, reaching high speeds of 90 mph, which was only cut short when officers deflated her tyres with spike strips.
Hopkins was accused of exceeding the posted speed limit, evading or attempting to avoid police, and stopping or parking on the road.
She was jailed until Jan. 30, when friends and family concerned with her erratic behavior said it was the last time they heard from her.
According to authorities, Hopkins allegedly purchased a new cellphone that day with a new number. Police located her at Jackson Airport, but she eluded them until February 14 when her new cell phone pinged on Kauai in Hawaii.
Hopkins is a well-known romance author with close to 50 works available on Amazon. She trademarked the word “cocky” — which she coined in her 22-book “Cocker brother” series — in 2018, which sparked widespread controversy dubbed “Cockygate.”