Vail woman found in dumpster makes 1st felony court appearance
EAGLE — A Vail woman made her first court appearance Wednesday on felony charges of false reporting after she was found zip-tied in a dumpster in March.
Linnea Hayda, 31, was arrested after Vail police said her story about how she ended up in the dumpster was “fictitious.”
She is charged with attempting to influence a public servant, a Class 4 felony; tampering with physical evidence, a Class 6 felony; and false reporting to police, a Class 3 misdemeanor.
Hayda did not enter a plea Wednesday. If she is convicted, she faces up to six years in prison, said Heidi McCollum, assistant district attorney. Hayda is free on $7,500 bond. She is scheduled to be back in court Aug. 8.
What police say
Vail police detectives said they spent more than 200 hours investigating the case.
Hayda was found in the dumpster with her wrists zip-tied in front of her at about 5:30 a.m. March 27, three days before her custody hearing in District Court.
The next day, Hayda came to the Vail Daily office and told a reporter that she had finished her shift at her Avon job between 4 and 5 p.m. March 26. She claimed that she was abducted at about 5:30 p.m. and that the person who took her threw her into a car and told her she would not see her children again.
During that interview, Hayda said she did not remember anything until she was found in the dumpster the next morning.
When Vail police found Hayda Tuesday morning, she was conscious and breathing but was unable to talk, police said.
“After a thorough investigation totaling over 200 hours, Vail detectives concluded that an account provided by Hayda, which led police to issue an alert to the community asking about suspicious activity, proved to be fictitious,” Vail police said following Hayda’s arrest.
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