Oak Bluffs Police locate missing elderly woman


Updated 5:30 pm, Tuesday

Following an all out search and an appeal for help from the public, Oak Bluffs Police located Ruth Lockhart, a 71-year-old resident who went for a walk about 9 am Tuesday morning and did not return to her home.

She was found at R.D. Crane Appliance in Vineyard Haven after a caller told police they recognized a woman matching her description in that vicinity.

Police said Ms. Lockhart had been seen wearing a white jacket, dark under shirt and denim shorts, police said, in the area of 78 Winnemack Ave, Oak Bluffs, when she left for her routine walk at approximately 9 am. “Her usual walking route is through the neighborhoods of East Chop,” police said, and noted that she  dementia and might have been confused.