Efforts Continue For Missing Resident Betty Alexander, With $2,000 Reward

Family members, volunteers and Sullivan Police continue to search for Sullivan resident Betty Alexander, 69, South Center Street, who vanished from her apartment on Thursday night, April 11, or early Friday morning, April 12. 

Volunteers continue to comb the Sullivan community and Sullivan Police are following up with reports in the case regarding Alexander.

The latest at press time on Monday, April 22, was that Sullivan Police, assisted by Sullivan Fire Department Dive Team, conducted a search of the Sullivan Golf Course Lake. Divers were searching to see if Alexander may have somehow ended up in the lake, the nearest body of water to her residence. According to police late Monday afternoon, no evidence was found of Alexander being in the lake.

On Saturday, April 20, family members organized another search effort from Sullivan Fire House Station One, 6 South Church Street. Family and volunteers met at 10 a.m. and organized a day-long search effort, again with no sign of Alexander.

The Sullivan Independent News’ Bill Little interviewed Tonya Tolliver, daughter of Alexander, in a Sullivan Independent News Facebook page Interview on Saturday morning.

Tolliver informed Little that she had went to her mother’s house on Sunday, April 14, at 4:30 p.m. and found the door to the residence locked. She unlocked the door and went inside and found her mothers meals on wheels food on the table, along with a carton of milk. She noticed that the milk was warm and began looking for her mother. Also in the home was Alexander’s purse and glasses that she needed daily.

“Every possible option, every possible tip is being followed up and we’re stuck as to where to go,” Tolliver told Little. “it’s like she just got up from her chair and she just vanished.”

Tolliver also informed Little that while Alexander had early stages of dementia with confusing of names and those types of things, she never would have wandered off.

Sullivan Police Lt. Patrick Johnson reported to the Independent News that the department continues to work on the case diligently  and determine what may or may not have happened.

“We have gone over the case extensively, going back from our first initial report and retracing our efforts and the search group’s efforts as well,” said Johnson. “The town has been searched extensively and still no signs or indications as to what may or may not have happened. We continue to follow up with leads daily in the case and today conducted a search of the Sullivan Golf Course Lake and at this time we have nothing new to report.”

The family of Alexander is currently offering a $2,000 reward for information leading to the whereabouts.

They also are planning a candlelight vigil at the Center Street Apartments, where Alexander lived. It is scheduled for Friday, April 26, at 8:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend.

Authorities continued to ask the community to be on the lookout for Alexander, including looking in any of their outbuildings, sheds or garages.

Anyone with information on Alexander is asked to contact Sullivan Police at 573-468-8001.

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