Search for Alma Lawson turns to Facebook

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The search for a missing elderly woman in Wilmington has now moved to Facebook.

There is no indication who owns the page but there are updates posted on the social media site.

Alma Lawson, 83, was reported missing to police by her son after she didn't return home from a friend's house November 4. Lawson's family filed a missing persons report with the CUE Center for Missing Persons about two weeks later.

Thursday, Crime Stoppers and the Wilmington Police Department announced they are offering a reward up to $10,000 for information leading to the whereabouts of Ms. Lawson.

Family members say Lawson is believed to show early signs of dementia. Due to her age and physical limitations, police say she has been considered to be endangered since the day she went missing.

The Wilmington Police Department initiated an exhaustive search of the entire area, including the nearby creek and wooded areas. WPD's K-9 and mounted units participated, as did the SABLE helicopter.

Other organizations came in to assist, including the Wilmington and New Hanover County Fire Departments, New Hanover County Sheriff's Office, Brunswick Search and Rescue and Roxye Ann Marshall, urban search and rescue K-9 handler.

Lawson was last seen wearing a lavender shirt, black pants and a black jacket. A photo is attached.

Anyone who may have seen Alma Lawson or who knows where she is should call the Wilmington Police Department at 910-343-3620, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-531-9845. Information also may be submitted anonymously through Text-A-Tip. Enter Tip708 and the message; send to CRIMES (274637).

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