CCSO search for missing 80-year-old woman near East Naples

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The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is reaching out to the community and the media in its effort to find 80-year-old Margaret Ann Gallaway.

Gallaway was last seen by family members around 2 p.m., Monday, in the Crown Pointe community of Collier County.

She and her husband were preparing to go out when she must have left the home without him noticing, said deputies.

The community is between Davis Boulevard and Rattlesnake Hammock Road, east of U.S. 41.

When deputies responded, they discovered she was last seen walking north in her neighborhood on a doorbell camera.

CCSO has 50 people searching with aviation and infrared technology, drones, a bloodhound and a dive team.

Gallaway is non-verbal and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

John Digrazio knows her from the neighborhood pool.

“She walked with her husband, who took care of her,” he said, “held her hand and made sure she walked right. I can’t imagine she’s walking very far … I mean anyone could walk to the lake if they want to walk in between the houses. If they walk between the houses they probably are going to be spotted.”

Deputies describe her as standing 5 feet, 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds with white hair and brown eyes.

Dive teams assist in search of missing woman. CREDIT: WINK News

She was last seen wearing a white and pink blouse, pink shorts and white shoes. She is believed to be on foot.

CCSO held a press conference regarding the updates on the search for Gallaway.

The key takeaways from the press conference are as follows:

  • CCSO are performing a grid search from home to home
  • Helicopters and drones were deployed
  • Dive and ground search teams have been dispatched
  • More than 50 people are currently searching for Gallaway
  • Bloodhounds are assisting in the search
  • She is wearing an Alzheimer’s wristband
  • The search teams are within their third detailed search

CCSO reports that Gallaway and her husband were getting ready to leave their home, when she left without him.

Foul play is not suspected.

Please contact CCSO at 239-252-9300 if you have any information on this missing person.

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