Lacey cops aren't sure how missing 78-year-old wound up in Florida

Staff writerJuly 23, 2013 

Police aren't sure how a 78-year-old woman missing from her Lacey assisted living residence since Sunday wound up in Fort Meyers, Florida on Tuesday afternoon.
Lacey detectives had checked with the Port of Seattle to see if Arlene Stevenson was listed on any passenger manifests out of SeaTac Airport on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Lacey Police Cmdr. Jim Mack said. Those checks turned up empty.
Mack said it's possible that Stevenson traveled to Portland, and caught a flight to Florida from there. Or perhaps her name was somehow left off the passenger manifests out of SeaTac, he said.
Either way, Stevenson's family is ecstatic that she was found safe in Fort Meyers Tuesday, Mack said. "I know the family is extremely happy that she's been found," Mack said.
Stevenson, who has Parkinson's disease, was last seen walking out of her residence at HRC ManorCare in the 4500 block of Intelco Loop about noon Sunday. She had left a note indicating she was leaving. By Monday, about 20 people with Thurston County Search and Rescue were scouring the wooded areas around her residence. Thurston County's dive team was getting ready to search a nearby lake Tuesday morning before she was found.
About 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lacey police got word that there had been activity on Stevenson's Bank of America account in Fort Meyers. A half hour or so later, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff's Office called Lacey police, to let them know they had located their missing person and taken her into custody, Mack said.
Mack said Lee County, Florida, sheriff's deputies took Stevenson into custody on the streets of Fort Meyers after she was "acting out" and being "not law-enforcement friendly," when she was questioned. Stevenson was taken into protective custody, Mack said.
Lacey police are unsure when Stevenson will return to Lacey. She has relatives in Lacey, and in Florida, Mack said.
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