Marilee Furlong, from Three Rivers in St. Joseph County, left her daughter's home this past Monday and hasn't been seen since. St. Joseph County Sheriff's continue their search but without success.

FOX 17 was updated by the Sheriff's office Saturday afternoon on the missing 73-year old Three Rivers woman. Of course everyone is worried because Marilee has Alzheimer’s.

Furlong is 5’8” white woman, weighs around 120 pounds, has hazel-colored eyes and long gray hair, which will likely be in a ponytail. She was last seen wearing red pajamas, but may have changed into a plaid, button-up shirt over a green undershirt, a pair of jeans and blue sneakers. And, she could be carrying a brown leather purse.

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St. Joseph County Sheriff/Fox17

The sheriff’s office said Saturday that on Thursday, investigators continued to walk and drive around, searching the area in which Furlong was last seen. In addition, the Pokagon Tribal Police DNR Officer also helped look for Furlong using a drone.

The St. Joseph County Sheriff’s Office is very concerned for her safety, so contacted the Michigan Professional Search and Rescue Council to get additional resources for this past Friday’s search.

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The Michigan Professional Search and Rescue team used K-9 units, drones, horses and vehicles to look for Furlong. In addition, the Great Lakes Drone Company helped out by providing an additional drone for the search.

The St. Joseph County sheriff’s office says it’s also working directly with the Cass County Sheriff’s Office because part of the search includes areas in Cass County.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 60% of people living with the disease will wander at least once. Most individuals who wander, wander repeatedly.

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And the outcome is not usually good if they have been missing for more than 24-hours. The association says 50% are found either severely injured or dead.

If you have seen Furlong or know where she could be, call the St. Joseph County Central Dispatch Center at 269-467-4195.


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