For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Merrimac Police Locate Missing Elderly Woman
MERRIMAC — Chief Eric M. Shears is praising members of the Merrimac Police Department, as well as an Amesbury police officer and K-9, for their work in locating a missing elderly woman with dementia last night.
At 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 18, Sgt. David Vance took a report from a woman at the police station who claimed her mother, a 77-year-old Merrimac resident with dementia, had allegedly left their Union Street home over an hour earlier and was nowhere to be found.
Sgt. Vance ordered a search of the area and, with assistance from Officer Stephen Ringuette and the Merrimac Fire Department, established a perimeter based on the woman’s home and most recent known locations.
K-9 units from Amesbury and Salisbury responded, and Amesbury K-9 Achilles was able to quickly locate the woman underneath a pool deck on her property.
“I’d like to commend our officers for taking quick and effective action during this search,” Chief Shears said. “I’d also like to thank Officer Thomas Nichols and K-9 Achilles for their efforts during the search, and Amesbury’s consistent assistance to make our community safer as a whole.”