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Woman, 75, visiting from England missing in Ruskin

RUSKIN — A 75-year-old woman visiting from England disappeared Wednesday morning from her niece's home.

Enid Grace Hendricks was last seen Wednesday morning wearing a green housecoat and slippers. She was reported missing at 10:27 a.m. from 2513 Yukon Cliff Drive in Ruskin.

She is described as a 5-foot-5 black woman with a slim build and wearing an auburn-colored wig. She is believed to be in the beginning stages of Alzheimer's. She does not know her way around the area.

She arrived from England about 10 p.m. Tuesday. Her husband told deputies he heard a door open about 5:30 a.m. When he woke at 9 a.m., he realized she was gone.

Niece Johannie Stanley, 44, said Hendricks and her husband planned to spend three weeks in Florida visiting Stanley's mother, who is in a nursing home. Stanley said she heard the alarm system chime around 5 a.m. as if a door opened.

She checked on her kids and the kitchen, but didn't think to check her aunt and uncle's room.

Wednesday afternoon, Stanley drove around her River Bend subdivision, hoping to find Hendricks. She said Stanley has never been known to wander off before.

"It's getting a little late now, so I'm starting to get worried," Stanley said.

The Sheriff's Office called homes in the surrounding area trying to get out word about Hendricks' disappearance. Later in the day, they set up a command post in the subdivision as deputies searched. Divers scoured a nearby pond.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or (813) 247-8200.

Woman, 75, visiting from England missing in Ruskin 03/11/09 [Last modified: Thursday, March 12, 2009 12:01am]
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