Search Continues for Missing Duluth Woman

By KBJR News 1

July 25, 2013 Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 3:57 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com)-- Duluth police are asking anyone who lives or owns a business in the Lincoln Park neighborhood to check their out buildings, campers and boats for any sign of an elderly missing woman.

Authorities are searching for 74-year-old Dale Gerard of Duluth who disappeared from her assisted living facility on Saturday. Gerard suffers from dementia and needs daily medication.

Hard questions plague the Gerard family, who are waiting for answers.

"We're all just distraught by this," said Dale's daughter-in-law Maria. "We're wondering "Why did she do this? Did somebody pick her up? Where are you Dale?" It's very hard. We don't know where she is."

Gerard left Wesley Residence in West Duluth, an assisted living facility and may have boarded a Duluth Transit Authority Bus.

"She does have Alzheimer's and she's on a lot of medication," said Maria. "This is her 5th day without medication. We are very concerned because she may be a little out of it."

Authorities say she could be heading south toward the Twin Cities where one of her four sons lives, but she could be anywhere at his point.

"She is important to all of us," said Gerard's great-granddaughter Isabel. "We are all very worried, like Grandma said, she needs her medication."

Dale's family is urging people to keep an eye out until answers to hard questions surface.

"With this many days without medication we are very, very concerned about her," said Maria.

The St. Louis County Rescue Squad has assembled a team to look for Gerard in the area where she disappeared.

Dale is 5"5' tall and weighs 155 pounds. She has brown eyes and red, auburn hair. Authorities say she has red marks on her chin, nose and cheeks.

She was last seen wearing dark colored pants, a flowered blouse with a pink and rose colored sweater. If you see her, the family asks that you call 911 right away.

Zach Vavricka

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