Update 3:25pm: The Portland Police Department has confirmed that missing Beth Adwell has been located safe. The woman was found after a jogger called 9-1-1 after finding her on the ground in a Portland-area park. Medical personnel responded to the scene, and Beth was able to return home to her family.
(PORTLAND, OR) — Detectives from the Portland Police Bureau’s Missing Persons Unit are asking for the public’s help in locating 49-year-old Beth Adwell, who suffers from symptoms related to early onset dementia. Beth has short-term memory deficit and may be unable to find her way home safely, and is considered a vulnerable adult.
Beth was last seen at about 4:00 p.m. Monday afternoon, December 31, 2012, when she left from her residence, in the 2300 block of Southeast Division Street, to go to a nearby convenience store, but did not return. A neighbor confirmed to officers canvassing the neighborhood that Beth was seen leaving home alone, on foot. Family members called police at about 8:30 p.m., after they were unable to locate her.
The Portland Police Bureau activated the A Child Is Missing (ACIM) emergency reverse phone notification system, which broadcasts a pre-recorded message about a missing person, to listed numbers within the geographic area where a missing person was last seen.
Beth is described as a white female, 5’6″, weighing 150 pounds, with naturally curly, shoulder-length, dark-colored hair, which she had been wearing in a ponytail. She wears black, metal-framed glasses, and had been dressed in a black, knee-length, hooded jacket, over a black sweatshirt with pictures of cats on it, a blue turtleneck, black pants and white tennis shoes. Beth was likely carrying a brown canvas purse with a shoulder strap.
Anyone who knows of Beth’s whereabouts is asked to immediately call 9-1-1. Anyone with additional, non-emergency information about this case is asked to contact Detective Mike Weinstein, Missing Persons Unit, at (503) 823-0446.