Dayton area woman who suffers from dementia missing since night of tornado

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MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to find a missing woman.

Authorities say 71-year-old Catherine Clayburn of Harrison Township hasn’t been seen since Memorial Day at 5:30 p.m.

The Sheriff’s Office says it is concerned for her safety, leading to an Endangered Missing Adult Alert:

Clayburn reportedly left her home on East Floyd Avenue in Harrison Township and did not return.

Authorities say Clayburn is 4-feet, 11-inches and weighs 180 pounds. She has gray hair and brown eyes.

According to authorities, Clayburn has dementia and gets confused easily.

The Sheriff’s Office brought in Equusearch, a national organization that specialized in locating missing persons, as well as Innovative Forensic Services, to aid in the search.

The immediate area around Clayburn’s residence has been heavily searched by volunteers, K9s, law enforcement and drones, however, she has not yet been found. The search will be expanded beyond the immediate area into various neighborhoods.

On June 3, aircrafts with the Ohio State Highway Patrol were sent in to help authorities search.

Sheriff Streck asked residents in the Shiloh neighborhood or in and around Harrison Township to search their properties and surrounding areas for anything that may assist in finding Clayburn.

David Rader of Texas Equusearch, said the search has been affected by storm damage from Monday’s tornado outbreak.

“The trees and obstacles are our biggest obstacles,” Rader said. “The debris is just everywhere so it’s tough just to get to the ground to search it thoroughly.”

Montgomery County Sheriff Rob Streck said that while the Sheriff’s office has designated deputies helping in the search for Clayburn, deputies who are not actively searching due to traffic patrol or disaster relief, have a print-out of Clayburn to know what she looks like should they find her.

Streck also told residents to be on the lookout for people in bright neon shirts walking around their neighborhoods, as they are part of the search team.

Anyone with information about Clayburn is asked to call 911 or 1-866-693-9171.

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