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Senior on the run ‘doing her own thing’

Woman has been missing for a week

Posted: May 21, 2012 4:55 a.m.
Updated: May 21, 2012 4:55 a.m.

An 87-year-old woman with a history of disappearance, now missing for more than a week, is driving around California apparently unharmed, not in trouble and "doing her own thing," according to the woman's niece.

Gladys Loyd, who moved in with her niece Geraldine Frith in October, left the family home on Shadow Island Drive, near Rio Vista Elementary School, by car before the sun came up May 13.

"She's very independent," Frith said Sunday, a week after she reported her aunt as missing to law enforcement.

On Friday, Loyd was reportedly in a bank in Irvine withdrawing money from her bank account, Frith said.

Loyd, who was born in Wisconsin in 1924 and does not have children, lived for a while in Torrance.

Since she went missing on May 13, she has been tracked to Torrance and in Azusa through credit card transactions.

About 40 years ago, Loyd lived in San Bernardino, about 40 miles east of Azusa.

"There have been no calls or anything," Frith said. "She's getting money from the bank, and she's doing her own thing."

Loyd has gone missing twice before, Frith said.

The first time Loyd went missing, she was found in Azusa 36 hours later. The second time, she was found by Whittier police three days later.

"The case is still open," Los Angeles County Sheriff's detective Tamar Abraham of the Missing Persons Unit told The Signal Wednesday.

Abraham said Wednesday she has received no new information on Loyd.

Loyd is believed to be driving a gray-colored Honda CRV bearing the license plate 4PYB089. She was last seen wearing a blue velvet jump suit.

Anyone spotting the car or the woman is asked to call the Sheriff's Station at 661-255-1121.




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