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Published February 14, 2014, 08:43 AM

Search for missing Jamestown woman continues

Jamestown, ND - The Stutsman County law enforcement community was out in full force Thursday searching for Ruby Grenz, the 78-year-old Jamestown woman who hasn’t been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

By: Chris Olson, , Forum News Service

Jamestown, ND - The Stutsman County law enforcement community was out in full force Thursday searching for Ruby Grenz, the 78-year-old Jamestown woman who hasn’t been seen since Tuesday afternoon.

Jamestown Police Chief Scott Edinger said as of late Thursday afternoon Grenz had not been located. The Jamestown Police Department, the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office, North Dakota Highway Patrol and the North Dakota Bureau of Criminal Investigation all had units out looking for Grenz. Jamestown Police Capt. Gary Peterson said Thursday that law enforcement officers returned to the areas that had previously been searched and searched those spots again as part of a more systematic approach.

Weather conditions hampered a planned aerial search Thursday morning. Law enforcement officers will continue to search for Grenz as part of their work duties.

Edinger said the Civil Air Patrol was scheduled to conduct a search from the air starting this morning, depending on the weather.

“That is the plan,” he said.

Grenz was last seen around 5 p.m. Tuesday after a hair appointment at the Second Avenue Salon in Jamestown. The Stutsman County Dispatch Center was contacted around 10:22 p.m. Tuesday after family members went to Grenz’s home on 5th Avenue Southwest and found she was not there.

Edinger said he is hopeful that an ongoing search will result in Grenz being found alive and well.

“That is how we are proceeding,” he said.

Grenz is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, weighing 138 pounds, and wears glasses with brown and blue frames. She was last seen wearing a rust-colored fleece Columbia coat, a red sweater and brown pants. She was driving a silver 2005 Dodge Caravan minivan with North Dakota license plates HNW560. Peterson said there is a Hawaiian lei hanging from the rearview mirror.

Peterson said Wednesday that Grenz gets confused and disoriented due to some medication she is taking. He said he is also concerned that the coat Grenz was last seen wearing wasn’t suitable to wear in cold temperatures.

Edinger said people should continue to take a look around their neighborhood and streets to see if there is a minivan matching Grenz’s vehicle description.

Anyone who may have seen Grenz or a vehicle matching a silver 2005 Dodge Caravan minivan should call the Jamestown Police Department at 252-1000.

Sun reporter Chris Olson can be reached at 701-952-8454 or by email at colson@jamestownsun.com

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