PORTLAND – A woman with Alzheimer's who vanished after she helped drop her mother off at Providence St. Vincent Hospital Wednesday night has now been found safe.
She turned up Thursday morning at the home of a former neighbor, in Southwest Portland, where she used to live.
Marilyn Clark, 74, had vanished just after 7 p.m. Wednesday. She was wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, jean jacket, glasses, and carrying a black purse.
“It is believed she got onto a bus possibly headed toward Southeast Portland, but she could be anywhere in the Portland metropolitan area. She has been entered into law enforcement databases as a Missing Person Endangered,” said Sgt. Bob Ray with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.
Clark was described as having gray hair, blue eyes, standing 5-foot-8, and weighing around 180 pounds.
Searchers had circulated a copy of her recent DMV photo and an image taken from a surveillance camera (see photos above) that showed the clothing she was wearing on Wednesday night.
“Clark accidentally took her mother's purse and identification when she left the hospital. Her mother's name is Lavelle Schmalle born in 1918,” Ray said. “It was reported that Ms. Clark is easily confused.”
The family was assisted by Washington County Search & Rescue, along with sheriff's deputies, in the effort to find Clark.