Breaking News

Massive search continues for missing elderly woman

alt


A massive search involving tracking dogs, horses and helicopters continued Sunday for an elderly woman last seen Friday night.

But with the search approaching 48 hours, Coweta County Sheriff Mike Yeager said the search for Eleanor T. Alexander, 78, would be scaled back.

“We’ve done everything we can,” the sheriff said. “We will continue to canvas the area, but we are going to scale it down.”

As the official search was ratcheting down Sunday, dozens of volunteers were taking over the search. Many brought four-wheelers and horses to Alexander’s residence at 526 Providence Church Road on Sunday afternoon.

Alexander is believed to be suffering from dementia. She was possibly seen walking on Providence Church Road between 1-130: a.m. Saturday by a passerby, according to authorities.

“She is scared of everything,” said her niece, Lisa Beavers. “She may be hiding and people searching for her need to look under things.”

Alexander’s daughter-in-law, Becky Alexander, said Eleanor was last seen about 9 p.m. Friday. She was wearing a pink or red striped shirt and light colored loose pants.

She is about 5’3” tall with white hair, blue eyes and a small build.

Becky said she went by the house about 9 a.m. Saturday and noticed her mother-in-law was missing.

Public safety officials used four-wheel drive vehicles, multiple canine teams and helicopters while combing the surrounding area, Yeager said. They also used thermal imaging devices during the night.

“We’re turning it over to the volunteers,” the sheriff said. “Unless something comes up, there’s not a whole lot more we can do.”

More than 50 public safety personnel participated in the search. They included the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office, Coweta County Fire Department, Department of Corrections K-9 units, as well as K-9 and search units from Spaulding and Meriwether counties.

Also searching were the Alpha Team Search and Rescue, Search and Rescue Georgia, the Georgia State Patrol and the Department of Natural Resources.

Anyone with information should call the sheriff’s office at 770-253-1502.



More Local

Gray found guilty of rape

Guilty was the verdict reached in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray. After three hours after beginning their deliberation, the ju ... Read More


Sexsomnia or rape? Verdict in jury’s hands

Closing arguments in the sleepwalking rape trial of Benjamin Gray concluded Friday. Coweta County Assistant District Attorney Herb Cranford ... Read More


118 Newnan High students tested for TB

More than a hundred tuberculosis exposure tests were administered at Newnan High School on Friday, as earlier in the week a NHS student was ... Read More


Senoia man arrested after fleeing from officer

A Senoia area man was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Coweta County Jail after allegedly leading a Coweta County sheriff's deputy on a hig ... Read More


UPDATE

Wreck victim in fair condition

James Hand, who was injured in a motor vehicle crash Thursday morning, was listed in fair condition Friday at Atlanta Medical Center. Hand w ... Read More

Prescribed burn smokes out Lake Redwine

A large fire that brought days of smoke and acrid smells to the Lake Redwine area was a prescribed burn that was done in accordance with cur ... Read More