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Missing Florida Woman Was Trapped in Shipping Container Before Being Found Banging on Door

“It appears to be a case of wrong place, wrong time,” said a Florida police official after Marlene Lopez, 52, was found in a shipping container

A Florida woman has been found after being trapped in a shipping container.

The woman, identified by police as Marlene Lopez, 52, was last seen on Monday before officially being reported missing on Wednesday. She was found on Thursday trapped in the container, authorities said.

In a statement shared on its Facebook account, the Cocoa Police Department said that the shipping container was next to a business at 2005 N. Cocoa Blvd.

Lopez was not injured and was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation and potential dehydration, per the police.

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The Cocoa Police Department said that Lopez was last spotted at her home on Lucerne Drive Monday, adding that a coworker later called and expressed concern after Lopez failed to pick up her son.

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Detectives reached out to Lopez’s family members, checked out locations and sent out a missing persons bulletin.

“During the course of the investigation,” police said, “detectives were notified that the woman had been found. She had been banging on the door of the shipping container when someone heard her and unlocked the door.”

<p>Getty Images</p> Stock photo of a shipping container

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Stock photo of a shipping container

Authorities said that how Lopez found herself in the shipping container is under investigation.

In an interview with CBS affiliate WKMG, Tyler Sonnenberg, the shipping container's owner, said he initially witnessed Lopez in the area on Monday. He recalled locking the container on Tuesday afternoon, but claimed he didn’t hear any noise the next day.

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Sonnenberg told the outlet that he is not to blame for what happened and is considering pressing charges against Lopez.

Yvonne Martinez, a public information officer for the Cocoa Police Department, told NBC affiliate WESH that when she was found, Lopez was "not in a good state of mind to where we could talk to her and get good information.”

Martinez added that the shipping container owners locked up the storage unit for the evening, not realizing that someone was in there.

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“So it appears to be a case of wrong place, wrong time,” Martinez said to WESH, “and nobody knew she was in there, so today, she started banging on the side walls and door of the shipping container. Someone fortunately heard her and that's how we were able to get to her."

PEOPLE contacted Martinez Friday for additional updates and information on the matter, but did not receive an immediate response.

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