Sunday, April 22, 2018
Public safety

Missing woman returns to Clearwater after detour to Valdosta

CLEARWATER — A Missouri woman who disappeared Monday while visiting relatives in Clearwater returned home late Tuesday night after driving to Valdosta, Ga. and back, police said.

Police had asked the public's help finding Kathleen Schardt, 60, after she left her sister's Clearwater home about 5 p.m. Monday to buy gasoline. She did not return. Schardt was driving her sister's car, a silver 2004 Saturn Vue.

A Hillsborough County sheriff's deputy reported seeing Schardt about 1:13 a.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Bearss Avenue and Lake Emerald Boulevard in north Tampa, according to police. She asked the deputy for directions to Clearwater.

Schardt, who suffers from dementia, did not appear to be in distress when she talked to the deputy, police said. Her family reported her missing Tuesday afternoon.

She returned to her sister's home Tuesday night after apparently driving to Valdosta, Ga. and back, police said. She did not appear to have suffered any harm, police said.

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