Missing Lacey woman found in Florida

Staff writerJuly 22, 2013 

Alene H. Stevenson was last seen about noon walking in the 4500 block of Intelco Loop SE near Yelm Highway and College Street in Lacey. She has Parkinson's disease and she left her assisted living residence with no medications. Photo courtesy of Lacey Police Dept.

COURTESY PHOTO — Lacey Police

UPDATE: Alene Stevenson, 78, was found safe in Ft. Myers, Fla., according to a Lacey Police Department news release. 

INITIAL REPORT: Lacey Police Department are continuing to search for a missing 78-year-old woman with Parkinson's disease.

Alene Stevenson was last seen walking out of her assisted living residence in the 4500 block of Intelco Loop about noon Sunday.

By Monday afternoon, about 20 people with Thurston County Search and Rescue were scouring the area around HRC ManorCare, Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack said.

"We're hoping we can locate her and get her home," Mack said.

The search teams include police on mountain bikes riding on the nearby Chehalis Western Trail and a police K9 unit searching wooded areas, Mack said. Thurston County's dive team is expected to help search nearby bodies of water on Tuesday if she hasn't been found, he added.

Stevenson left HRC ManorCare without a cell phone, credit cards or an ATM card, Mack said. She has lived at HRC ManorCare since October 2012, he added.

Mack said a friend of Stevenson's has told police that a woman she believes was Stevenson called her and left a message on her voicemail about 9 p.m. Sunday night. But Stevenson's friend said the caller's voice was faint and it was difficult for her to know for sure.

Stevenson left her residence without any medications, Mack added. She was wearing jeans and a sweatshirt. She is about 6 feet tall, weighs 129 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. She is frail, and walks slightly stooped over.

Police found a note in Stevenson's residence indicating she was leaving the care facility.

Mack said that anyone who sees Stevenson should immediately call 911.

Jeremy Pawloski: 360-754-5445 jpawloski@theolympian.com

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