Search continues for missing Unicoi County woman with dementia

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UPDATE (May 23) – Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley told News Channel 11 Saturday morning that the search continues for the missing 85-year-old woman with dementia, Wilma Oliver.

According to officials on scene at the search site near Stockton Road in the Flag Pond area, cadaver dogs and a helicopter equipped with infrared, heat-signature cameras were used in the overnight search but proved unsuccessful. Drones were also used in the search by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials said they are expanding the search area and have split up into two teams to spread out the search.

Anyone who knows the area well and wishes to volunteer in the search effort is asked to go to the command center at the Flag Pond Ruritan Building, or the Old Flag Pond School.

Anyone with information on Oliver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department at 423-743-1850 or call 911.

FLAG POND, Tenn. (WJHL) — The search for a missing 85-year-old woman with dementia was called off Friday night but crews will resume the search on Saturday.

A command center will be set up at the Flag Pond Ruritan Building, or the Old Flag Pond School.

Unicoi County police are looking for Wilma Oliver who was last seen around 7 p.m. Thursday walking away from her home on Stockton Road in the Flag Pond area of the county.

She was last seen wearing gray pants and a lime green long-sleeve shirt under a black sweater.

Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley says search efforts surrounding properties near the woman’s residence came up empty. The search is expected to resume Saturday morning.

Sheriff Hensley requested the assistance of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Tennessee Highway Patrol have also assisted with drone and helicopter searches.

Hensley said Oliver normally uses a walker but it is at her home.

Anyone with information on Oliver’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department at 423-743-1850 or call 911.

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