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Rolling Loud fan from Tallahassee disappears in Miami Gardens, turns up hospitalized in Naples, police say

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – A woman from Tallahassee got separated from her friends on Saturday evening during the Rolling Loud music festival at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. Her friends’ anguish ended Friday when she turned up at a hospital in Naples, police said.

Detectives said Ashley Espinoza-Sanchez’s condition was stable and they had notified the family so they can be reunited with her once doctors release her from the hospital, police said. Demetria Madrigal, her cousin, said she can’t wait to see her.

“I cried. I am just so full of joy. I am so happy,” Madrigal said. “I hope that other kids out there learn from this: If you are going to go to a concert stay with the people that you go with.”

Espinoza-Sanchez, 23, traveled down from Tallahassee to attend the festival with Nicholas Prevost, 20, who said he last saw her hand her phone to a friend and disappear into the crowd during Don Toliver’s performance Saturday evening. Prevost doesn’t know where she spent Saturday night.

Jared Linwood said he found Espinoza-Sanchez alone, barefoot, and disheveled on Sunday, so he decided to help her. He said he took her to his home in Miami Gardens. Linwood said she slept over Sunday night. He said he gave her clean clothes, socks, and a pair of flip-flops, and she took a shower.

On Monday, Linwood said he took her back to Hard Rock Stadium’s lost and found. He said he was hoping she could find her purse and phone there, so she could contact her friends and family. Surveillance video shows them walking together and later parting ways. She was wearing oversized flip-flops.

Detectives didn’t say where she was from Monday to Friday or how she ended up in Naples, a city about 113.5 miles west of Miami Gardens.

About the Authors:

Christian De La Rosa joined Local 10 News in April 2017 after spending time as a reporter and anchor in Atlanta, San Diego, Orlando and Panama City Beach.

David Selig is the Digital Executive Producer at WPLG, overseeing Local10.com.