UPDATE: Portland Police Seek Public's Help Locating Missing 84-Year-Old Woman in North Portland

UPDATE: Portland Police Seek Public's Help Locating Missing 84-Year-Old Woman in North Portland

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January 29, 2012 15:45


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84-year-old Mary Howell has been returned home safely by police. This afternoon, around 2:52 p.m., Mary walked into Alder Creek Kayak and Canoe, located at 1511 Southeast Water Avenue, and told them she was lost and didn't know how to get home.

Officers from Central Precinct responded and gave Mary a ride home to North Portland.



This morning, Sunday January 29, 2012, Portland Police Bureau North Precinct officers and Missing Persons Unit detectives are currently searching for 84-year-old Mary Howell, who suffers from dementia, and wandered away from her North Portland home overnight.

Family members called police at approximately 2:15 a.m., advising that Ms. Howell had gone missing from her residence, in the 3700 block of North Kerby Avenue, sometime after 9:00 p.m. last night. She is believed to be on foot, and was likely not dressed for the cold weather.

Numerous resources, including state-certified Search & Rescue K9 teams, coordinated by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, are involved in the search. Searchers have also employed the use of FLIR, or infrared technology, to search surrounding areas.

Detectives will be activating the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) emergency, reverse-phone notification system, which makes automated, recorded calls to area residents, alerting them to missing endangered persons, and requesting that they check yards and areas around their homes for any signs of the missing person.

Ms. Howell is described as an African-American female, 84 years of age, who is 5'2" tall and weighs 140 pounds. She has short, combed-back, black hair and brown eyes, and her left eye will appear to be partially closed. Her clothing description is unknown, but it is possible she may be dressed in sleeping attire.

Anyone who knows of Ms. Howell's whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, at (503)823-0446.


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