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Search for missing Butte Falls woman enters third day

Update: search-and-rescue teams have found an 80-year-old woman with dementia who had been missing since Saturday evening, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Volunteers returned to the air and ground Tuesday morning in the search for Geraldine "Gerry" Hendricks, who apparently walked away from her Butte Falls-area home Saturday evening in a pink pajama suit.

Searchers appealed Monday and Tuesday for the public’s help in locating Hendricks, who was last seen by her in-home caregiver at 6:15 p.m. Saturday at her home in the 4400 block of Obenchain Road just outside of Butte Falls, according to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

“Somebody must have seen something,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Shawn Richards, who runs the agency’s search-and-rescue program, on Monday. “We’re looking for that one thing to bring her home.

“Everything we can get our hands on we’re throwing at this mission,” Richards said. “It’s very time-sensitive.”

Search crews Monday included several airplanes and a helicopter along with volunteers and police on the ground in the general area around Hendricks’ home, deputies said. The search has also included four drones, Richards said.

Monday evening, Richards expressed in a release that he expected the outcome of the search to be positive.

Crews had no leads Monday in Hendricks’ disappearance, which was reported at 6:44 p.m. Saturday, Richards said. A police tracking dog followed her scent to the end of her driveway, but that trail could have been as much as a day old, Richards said.

The case was still treated Monday as a missing person case, but investigators were “also doing our due diligence” to rule out any other factors, Richards said.

“We’re still staying on it with everything we have,” Richards said.

In the two nights she has been missing, temperatures in the area have been down to the low 40s, Richards said.

While Hendricks’ home is close to Butte Falls, she has a Eagle Point address, sheriff’s Sgt. Julie Denney said.

Hendricks is described as 5-feet 2-inches tall and about 100 pounds, with short, dark gray hair. She was last seen wearing a pink flannel long-sleeved pajama set. Anyone with information about the case should call nonemergency dispatch at 541-776-7206.

Reach Mail Tribune reporter Mark Freeman at 541-776-4470 or mfreeman@rosebudmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MTwriterFreeman.

Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks