Aspen woman faces insurance fraud charges after stolen car ruse
A 36-year-old Aspen woman who reported her car stolen in late 2014 only to have police find her blood inside the vehicle when it was discovered months later in a ravine, was charged with insurance fraud and other counts Tuesday.
Kelly Redwine was advised of the charges against her Tuesday in District Court in Aspen, and was later released on a $3,500 personal recognizance bond, according to court documents.
Redwine called police Nov. 6, 2014, to report her 1996 Ford Explorer stolen, according to a police report filed in District Court. She said the car had been sitting in the parking lot of Truscott housing complex, where she lives, for the previous six weeks because her license was revoked and she wasn’t allowed to drive it, the report states.
Redwine told police she had an appointment the next day in Glenwood Springs to have an interlock device installed in her car and had placed the keys, her wallet and cellphone in the car the night before in preparation for the trip, according to the report.
About a week later, Redwine told police she reported her car stolen to the insurance company and canceled her policy.
The Explorer was found May 3 in a ravine in Snowmass Canyon about a quarter-mile east of the intersection of Highway 82 and Snowmass Creek Road. The vehicle had struck the right guardrail, then “traveled 150 feet over a large field of boulders and shrub,” the report states.
“The vehicle continued westbound until it came to the edge of an embankment that goes straight down about 30 feet before flattening out into a large flood plain for the Roaring Fork River,” according to the report.
The windshield was found mostly intact nearby with Redwine’s cellphone sitting on top of it. The driver’s seat was close to the wheel, indicating to Aspen police Detective Jeff Fain that a short person had last driven the vehicle, the report states.
Redwine is 5-feet-2-inches tall, according to the report.
Fain also discovered blond hair the same color as Redwine’s on the driver’s sunshade, the report states. He also found what turned out to be blood stains on the driver’s airbag and seatbelt.
Fain sent the blood samples to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on July 7, found out it came from a female on Sept. 28 and learned from the bureau Oct. 7 that the blood matched Redwine’s DNA sample, which was on file because of previous felony arrest, according to the report.
Fain collected Redwine’s DNA again in November and discovered later that month that it matched the bloodstains found in the car, the report states.
In addition to felony insurance fraud, Redwine was charged with false reporting to authorities, driving with a revoked license and failure to report an accident.
Redwine was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in February 2009 after police found more than 400 Xanax pills in her bedroom that she didn’t have a prescription for, according to an Aspen Times article.
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