An elderly woman was found dead in the Four Seasons neighborhood of Albemarle County on Sunday afternoon after having gone missing Friday night.
Evelyn Turner, 75, who suffered from dementia, was reported missing late Friday.
Albemarle police spokeswoman Carter Johnson said in a news release Sunday afternoon that Turner was found on Tennis Drive in Four Seasons, less than half a mile from where she was last seen.
Albemarle police Lt. Peter Mainzer said Turner was found shortly before 2 p.m. Sunday.
Mainzer, who was out with officers investigating on Tennis Drive late Sunday afternoon, said Turner was found in the wooded backyard area of the home of an elderly person who lives on Tennis Drive.
Johnson said there were no signs of foul play in Turner’s death.
Johnson said that more than 15 agencies participated in the search, which was coordinated by the Albemarle sheriff’s search and rescue unit.
Mainzer said he “[couldn’t] give the Sheriff’s Office enough credit” for aiding in the search. He also praised several volunteer search groups who came to Charlottesville on Saturday.
Volunteers and police searched near West Park Market on Four Seasons Drive, where Turner was last seen around 9 p.m. Friday after asking a clerk for directions to her home, Albemarle Sheriff Chip Harding said in a news release Saturday.
A manager working at the West Park Market on Sunday afternoon who did not want to give his name said he had not seen Turner before he saw her Friday. He said she didn’t seem to know where she was or what she was doing that night.
The home of Turner’s son-in-law on Monterey Drive in Four Seasons is also less than half a mile from both Tennis Drive and the West Park Market.
Harding said that a police bloodhound began searching for Turner on Friday night and resumed again Saturday morning around 2 a.m. The search continued Sunday, county police said.
Police were concerned for Turner’s health as temperatures cooled overnight. Reverse 911 calls describing Turner and asking for help began in the Four Seasons area at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and continued in parts of the county into the afternoon.
State police had issued a missing senior alert for Turner.
Johnson said police would be releasing more information Monday.