Missing DC Woman With Alzheimer's Found Safe

Police were out searching Nickole Conerly's neighborhood again Thursday

UPDATE: D.C. police say Nikole Scott has been found in good health. She is at a hospital and was reunited with her family.


Original story: A 66-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease went to walk her dog in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Northwest D.C. Tuesday night and then disappeared, police and her family say. 

Nickole Scott Conerly was last seen 7 p.m. Tuesday in the 3400 block of Quebec Street NW, several blocks northwest of the Cleveland Park Metro station, police said. She went to walk her dog, her sister-in-law Marjorie Scott told News4. 

The dog has been found, but Conerly has not.

"I've known her as a neighbor for about 25 years and I see her a lot walking her dog, so I'm very concerned about her safety," Amy Shannon said.

Police issued a Silver Alert for Conerly and asked anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them. 

A caregiver who checks in on Conerly daily stopped by her home just before noon Wednesday and saw that neither Conerly nor her dog were there.

Scott said the caregiver initially wasn't alarmed. But when Conerly and the dog didn't return an hour later, the caregiver called a family member, who called police.

Someone found Conerly's dog Wednesday evening near Davenport Street and Reno Road NW, about a mile north of where they were last seen together, Scott said. A microchip led them to Conerly's home. But she was nowhere to be found. 

Conerly, who previously worked as a psychologist, began experiencing memory loss in the past five years, Scott said. But she has always known her address.

"I just feel that when she got separated from the dog, that she probably started looking for him or her and probably lost her bearings," Scott said. "In the past, she's always been very vocal about asking for assistance."

Police searched the area where the dog was found, but they weren't able to find Conerly.

Officers and cadets searched Conerly's neighborhood again Thursday, ringing doorbells and passing out critically missing person flyers. They got assistance from K-9 units from surrounding counties.

"We've checked the Rock Creek Park area," D.C. police Cmdr. M.E. Gresham said. "We've utilized the services of the Montgomery County Police Department, the United States Park Police, Fairfax County police, and also Metro Transit and a number of other agencies have assisted us in this very thorough search."

Conerly is 5-feet-8-inches tall and weighs 170 pounds. She has brown eyes and gray dreadlocks. She was last seen wearing a gray shirt, gray pants and gray sneakers. Police say she may be in need of medication. 

The D.C. area has seen near-record heat this week. Temperatures reached 91 degrees Wednesday, and Thursday is expected to be even warmer.

Anyone with information about Conerly's whereabouts is asked to call police at 202-727-9099.

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