After 6 months, family of missing Duluth woman can only waitIt has been almost six months since Dale Gerard went missing from her assisted-living home in West Duluth, and the leads to her whereabouts, a family member said, have dried up.
By: Jana Hollingsworth, Duluth News Tribune
It has been almost six months since Dale Gerard went missing from her assisted-living home in West Duluth, and the leads to her whereabouts, a family member said, have dried up.
“We have heard absolutely nothing,” said her son, Kim Gerard. “It’s just a killer to have no closure.”
Gerard, 74, left the Wesley Residence on July 20, and was last seen getting off a bus at Piedmont Avenue and Seventh Street. She suffers from dementia and was on a “long list of medications,” her son said.
The first Christmas without her was tough, Kim Gerard said, but the months since her disappearance have been “cruel.”
“We’re not sure what more we can do,” he said. “You just wait for the phone call.”
The captain of the St. Louis County Rescue Squad, Tom Crossmon, was part of the search effort. He said it’s no longer active, unless a tip comes in, but none have surfaced since late fall.
“Somebody knows something, and it’s just a matter of someone coming forward and moving us in the right direction,” Crossmon said.
An investigator from the Duluth Police Department checks in with the family, said public information officer Jim Hansen. And tips are followed. But there haven’t been any since November, he said.
At the time she went missing, police said it was unusual for a case involving the disappearance of an elderly patient to drag on for as long as it has. Kim Gerard said this week that his mother had been dealing with dementia for at least five years and was a “trusting” person.
“With the dementia, everyone is your friend,” he said, noting she probably would have accepted a ride from a stranger. “To find her would be something, to still be with us —probably not. After this many months without her medication, it’s not probable.”
He said pharmacies are set up to alert authorities if her medications are purchased.
Gerard is 5 feet, 5 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has brown eyes and auburn hair. She has distinct red marks on her chin, nose and cheeks.
Anyone with information about Gerard’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Duluth Police Department at (218) 730-5400 or call 911.