MENDOCINO Co., 5/21/18 — The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office continues to search for Margrit Lillian Pritchard, 76, who went missing from the Piercy area on Friday afternoon. Pritchard may be suffering from dementia-like behaviors, however she is reported very physically fit, and authorities are concerned that she may have walked a significant distance from her home. In during a previous recent disappearance she walked seven miles.
Pritchard is 5'1" and 105 lbs, with grey hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue capris and a purple shirt, and left home without her cell phone or purse. Authorities urge anyone with information to contact the MCSO at 707-463-4086. The Sheriff's Office is also asking residents in the Piercy area to cooperate during searches "by Search and Rescue personnel and are in no way associated with marijuana eradication."
Pritchard was last seen at her residence on the 1300 block of Pepperwood Springs Road in Piercy on Friday around 1 p.m, and her husband called the MCSO after searching the area. A "silver warning" has been issued for Northern California, and authorities have learned that she may try to walk towards Bethel Island or parts of the East Bay Area, where she used to live.
The MCSO conducted a search with a bloodhound on Friday night, with searches continuing on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, but Pritchard has not been found. More than 70 searchers participated in the Sunday search, the following agencies:
The Humboldt Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County Search and Rescue (SRA), the California Highway Patrol, CalFire, Piercy Fire, Leggett Valley Fire, Marin County SAR, California Explorer Search and Rescue, Lake County SAR, Napa County SAR, San Mateo County SAR, the Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, California State Parks, Sonoma County SAR, California Rescue Dog Association, the California National Guard, the California Office of Emergency Services Law Division, and the Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Unit.
The full press release from MCSO can be found below; you also can read our previous coverage.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Incident Number: 2018-14088
Crime/Incident: Missing Adult, At Risk
Location: 1300 Block of Pepperwood Springs Road, Piercy CA
Date of Incident: 05/18/2018
Time: 7:20 PM
Victim(s): Prichard, Margit Lillian, 76 year old white female, Piercy CA (pictured below)
Written By: Lieutenant Shannon Barney
On 5/18/2018 around 7:20 PM the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office received a call from the 1300 Block of Pepperwood Springs Road in Piercy CA related to a missing adult female. Deputies responded and learned the missing person (MP) was a 76 year old female by the name of Margit Prichard. According to family, Margit has been experiencing dementia related issues. Margit is very fit and can walk long distances with ease, having recently disappeared from her home (3 months prior) and traveling 7 miles on foot.
Margit was last seen at her residence around 1 PM the afternoon of 5/18/2018. Around 4:30 PM her husband discovered her missing and conducted his own search of their property, nearby neighbors and local roads before calling MCSO for assistance. Margit was last seen wearing blue capris style pants and a purple T-shirt. She did not take her phone or purse with her when she left.
Mendocino County Sheriff's deputies searched the area Friday night with a blood hound. The Mendocino County Search and Rescue (SAR) Team responded on Saturday to search the area in the daylight but Margit was not located. The Search has continued on Sunday and again on Monday with 70 searchers responding on Sunday. The following agencies have assisted in this search.
Humboldt Sheriff's Office, Humboldt County SAR, California Highway Patrol (Patrol and Helicopter), Cal Fire, Piercy Fire, Leggett Valley Fire, Marin County SAR, California Explorer Search and Rescue, Lake County SAR, Napa County SAR, San Mateo County SAR, Bay Area Mountain Rescue Unit, California State Parks, Sonoma County SAR, California Rescue Dog Association, California National Guard, California Office of Emergency Services Law Division and Southern Humboldt Technical Rescue Unit.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office wants to ask the cooperation of and assure local residents, in the Piercy Area that all efforts in that area are being conducted by Search and Rescue personnel and are in no way associated with marijuana eradication.
The Mendocino County Sheriff's Office learned Margit may try to go to the East Bay Area where she used to live, specifically Bethel Island.
A Silver Alert has been issued in the north state. If you have seen Margit or might have information as to her location please contact the Mendocino County Sheriff's Office Communications Center at 707-463-4086.
Approved by: Lieutenant Shannon Barney