Woman missing from Lacey turns up in Florida

jpawloski@theolympian.comJuly 24, 2013 

Police aren’t sure how a 78-year-old woman who went missing Sunday from her Lacey assisted living residence wound up in Fort Myers, Fla., on Tuesday afternoon.

Lacey detectives checked with the Port of Seattle to see if Arlene Stevenson was listed on any passenger manifests out of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Sunday, Monday or 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 Sea-Tac, he said.

Either way, Stevenson’s family was ecstatic that she was found safe 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 the residence. Thurston County’s dive team was getting ready to search a nearby lake Tuesday when she was found.

About 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Lacey police got word that there had been activity in Stevenson’s Bank of America account in Fort Myers. A half hour or so later, deputies with the Lee County Sheriff’s Office in Florida called Lacey police to let them know they had located the missing woman and taken her into custody, Mack said.

Mack said Lee County deputies took Stevenson into protective custody on a Fort Myers street. They reported she was “acting out” and being “not law-enforcement friendly” when she was questioned.

Lacey police are unsure when Stevenson will return to Lacey. She has relatives in Lacey and in Florida, Mack said.

Police had believed that Stevenson had left HRC ManorCare without a cellphone, credit cards, an ATM card, or medications.

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

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