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Coroner confirms body found in pond is missing Lawrence woman

Posted at 7:15 AM, Nov 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-22 11:07:34-05

UPDATE: The Marion County Coroner's Office has confirmed the body pulled from a pond on Thursday was Karen Glass, 75.

LAWRENCE — Police were looking overnight for 75-year-old Karen Glass in Lawrence on Thursday. Police say she has dementia and was last spotted walking on 79th Street early Thursday morning.

The search came to an end Thursday morning, however, and police confirmed they had located a body in a pond near where the search was.

At this time, police have not confirmed that the body is Glass.

Police say a driver around 10:30 p.m. last saw Glass on Wednesday night. The driver called 911 after she ran across the road on 79th Street.

The search for Glass included dogs, ground teams, and a helicopter.

While it has not been confirmed that this was Glass found in the pond, authorities say this is an unfortunate reminder that many counties offer bracelets to help track people with Alzheimers or dementia.

"We do offer that program, and we do have devices to locate those bracelets," Lawrence Police Chief, Dino Batalis, said. "But in some cases, I'm not sure if this lady was a client of that program, but in some cases, we even get people who cut those bracelets off, so sometimes even though they have them, it can still make our search a little bit difficult."

The fire chief on the scene said when someone who has dementia goes missing, the sooner it's reported, the sooner they can start a search.