UPDATE: Wilmington Dispatcher Spots Missing Woman

The 87-year-old woman named Rita, who has Alzheimer's, was missing since about 1:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

UPDATED AT 4:18 p.m.: Shortly after 4 p.m., a Wilmington Police dispatcher was on his way home when he spotted Rita walking in Billerica.

Emergency personnel were called to the area for an evaluation, but Pupa said Rita was located "safe and sound" thanks to the sharp eyes of the dispatcher.

The area that Rita was located is about two to three miles from her home, Pupa said.

ORIGINAL STORY: The is seeking help from the community in locating an elderly woman who has been missing since early Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. Brian Pupa, an 87-year-old woman named "Rita" with Alzheimer's has been missing from the Forest Street area. Police did not release her last name.

Pupa said Rita went for a walk earlier this afternoon and has not been seen by her family since. She is known to frequent Wilmington Plaza and Lucci's Plaza.

"If anyone knows her, or happens to come across her, we ask them to contact the station," said Pupa.

Residents received a community alert this afternoon with details about the woman, who was last seen wearing a black sweater and blue jean Capri pants.

Anyone who sees Rita or comes across her is encouraged to call police at (978) 658-5071.

Check back with Wilmington Patch for updates as they become available. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.

Maria carmichael June 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Thank you so much for locating my mother. Maria
Maria carmichael June 20, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Glad she was found safe
Mike DiPlatzi June 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
I would like to thank all the friends and neighbors who showed their concern and helped in the search for my mother Tuesday and especially to the Wilmington Police and fire dept and a special thanks to the Wilmington dispatcher who finally located her. I was especially impressed in the manor i was updated on leads throughout and the great teamwork that was displayed by the depts making a stressful situation tolerable, all of which led to her safe return. Again thank you very,very much to all!! Mike DiPlatzi
Mary Dudley Downs June 20, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Was so happy to hear Rita was found! Felt like it was my mother. Glad she is home safe. Good job Wilmington!!
jozkid June 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM
Funny how Kevin didn't throw in his two cents on the police/fire departments and their performance. Very happy all turned out well and job well done to the eagle-eyed employee who spotted the missing woman!


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