Clues fail to surface in search for woman, 83

October 10, 2006|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun reporter

Police have been searching without success for an 83-year-old Cherry Hill woman with Alzheimer's disease who has been missing since mid-September.

Detective Tim Gardner of the missing persons unit said fliers distributed throughout Cherry Hill, numerous interviews with relatives and friends and ground searches by police officers and dogs have failed to locate Nevolia Olet Duvall of the 2600 block of Spelman Road.

"We're really concerned about the safety and welfare of this missing person," Gardner said.

A neighbor reported seeing Duvall - known as "Granny" and "Obie" - on Sept. 14, walking toward a bus stop at Spelman and Woodview roads, Gardner said.

"The neighbor said she saw Duvall walking with a cane one minute and that she was gone the next," Gardner said.

Gardner said bus drivers on that route did not recall picking up a woman matching Duvall's description.

Duvall - who is 5 feet 1 inch tall, weighs 140 pounds and has gray hair - was wearing a green raincoat, green pants, black tennis shoes and a black rain hat when she was last seen, the detective said.

Duvall's daughter, Ladoris Duvall, also of Cherry Hill, said her mother's apartment showed no signs of a disturbance and that her mother was taking medicine for high blood pressure and gout. "She left her medication behind in her apartment," the daughter said.

She said it was the first time her mother has been unaccounted for, and that she had between $20 and $25 with her the day she disappeared. She said she last talked to her mother Sept. 12 and that all had seemed normal.

The daughter said the family has relatives in Virginia, but no one there has seen the woman since she was reported missing. "They've been up here trying to find her," she said.

Anyone with information was urged to call Gardner at 443-984-7385.

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