UPDATE: Missing Lynchburg senior with Alzheimer’s found safe

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Police in Lynchburg announced on June 21, 2021 that they are searching for 74-year-old Beatrice Reese Spencer. (Photo: Courtesy Lynchburg Police Department)

UPDATE 6 p.m.: Lynchburg Police has confirmed that the elderly woman with Alzheimer’s who went missing Sunday evening has been safely located.

Police say the search lasted around 18 hours and included members of the Lynchburg Police Department, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office’s K-9 Unit, the Lynchburg Sheriff’s Office, the Lynchburg Fire Department, Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, and many other departments with the City of Lynchburg.

However, members of the VDEM’s K-9 team located 74-year-old Beatrice Reese Spencer of Lynchburg near the intersection of Hollins and Park Street at approximately 5:45 p.m. on Monday, June 21.

She was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.


UPDATE 11:15 a.m.: Virginia State Police has issued a Senior Alert Monday morning for Beatrice Spencer, a missing woman with Alzheimer’s Disease who disappeared from Lynchburg Sunday night.

According to VSP, Spencer was last seen walking away from her home on Floyd Street in Lynchburg at approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 20.

Police describe Spencer as 5’3″ tall and 130 pounds with brown eyes and gray hair. Spencer may be wearing a long-sleeve blue and white shirt with black, beige, and gold tank tops, as well as one tennis shoe and one slipper.

Officials say Spencer has a cognitive impairment, so her disappearance poses a credible threat to her health and safety.

If you have any information about Spencer’s whereabouts, you are asked to call 911 or the Lynchburg Police Department at (434) 847-1602.


LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Police in Lynchburg posted on social media early Monday morning asking for the community’s help to search for a 74-year-old woman who has Alzheimer’s Disease.

The Lynchburg Police Department issued a local alert on Facebook shortly before 1:30 a.m. on Monday, June 21 asking if anyone has seen Beatrice Reese Spencer.

According to the department, Spencer was last seen wearing one tennis shoe; one slipper; a blue/white shirt; and three tank tops — gold, beige, and black. Officials say Spencer is 5’3″ tall, weighs 130 pounds, and has brown eyes.

If you have any information about Spencer’s whereabouts, you are asked to call 911 or (434) 847-1602.

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