UPDATE: Police end search for woman with dementia after body found in pond near last known location

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CORRECTION: A previous version of this story listed Glass’ age as 76. She is actually 75 and our story has been updated with this information. 

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Police in Lawrence called off the search for a 75-year-old woman with dementia after crews found a body in a retention pond near her last known location.

Karen Glass was reported missing around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Oaklandon Road and East 79th Street.

Police say a car nearly hit her on 79th Street. The driver told police Glass darted across the road into a nearby housing addition.

Several police and fire departments used drones and a helicopter to search for Glass.

During the search, they found a body in a retention pond just a quarter-mile from where she was last seen.

They removed the body from the pond around 5:30 a.m., but they don’t have a positive identification on the body. Police say that probably won’t come for a little while. However, police terminated the search for Glass.

Police say Glass was living with a caretaker when she went missing. “Sometimes you can take the best care of folks and sometimes things happen. They get out and the sooner we know about it the better. But in most cases, people do report this rather quickly and it gets us out here so we can start our searches.” Lawrence Fire Chief Dino Batalis said.

The City of Lawrence has resources for those who have family members suffering from Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or Autism.

“Angel Sense is a real-time app. It actually shows you exactly where that person is. Project Life Saver admits a signal that we pick up that as we get closer to the individual with the technology on the ping gets louder on our end for the equipment,” said Larence EMS Off Duty Officer, Marc Hickson.

Those two devices can help authorities pinpoint where your loved one might be. These two devices can be picked up at the Lawrence Fire Department Headquarters.


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