Police Find Missing Diabetic Woman

By: WHSV Newsroom Email
By: WHSV Newsroom Email
Rankin has been located by law enforcement and family members.

Shirley Ann Rankin, 75, is on the right

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- UPDATE (Thursday, 5:17 p.m.): Shirley Ann Rankin has just been located. She was located by law enforcement and family members near the Augusta County Library on Jefferson Highway in Fishersville more than five miles from her residence.

Law enforcement officers are standing by with her until she can be evaluated by the rescue personnel.

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The Waynesboro Police Department is searching for a missing disabled Waynesboro woman who left her residence earlier Thursday and cannot be located.

Shirley Ann Rankin, 75, was last seen by her niece at approximately 12:45 p.m. on Thursday. She is 5 feet 4-inches tall, weighs about 120 pounds, has white hair pulled back in a pony tail and was last seen wearing a blue jeans skirt, purple/pink button up shirt and white tennis shoes with no socks.

Officers responded to a residence in the 300 block of Isle Avenue Thursday at 2:45 p.m. for a report of an elderly female with diabetes who had apparently wandered away from her residence.

Rankin has Type 2 Diabetes and missed a scheduled insulin dose due to her disappearance. She also has slight mental impairment and can become disoriented easily. There is also concern about the extreme weather conditions of heat and possible thunderstorm forecast for Thursday afternoon.

The police department is coordinating a search among Waynesboro first responders and has requested the assistance of a bloodhound from Louisa County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.


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