Searches For Missing People With Medical Conditions Start Immediately After They Disappear

Alberta Jenkins', a Tyler woman who wandered from her home Monday evening, was just one of several East Texans suffering from Alzheimer's disease to walk off from their residence.
When any person suffering from a medical condition is reported missing, police begin an immediate search effort. Due to the nature of Alzheimer's disease, police say it's especially important to act quickly.

"If the person is over 70-years-old or they have Alzheimer's then we consider them a critical missing and we'll start flooding the area as to where the person was last seen," said Officer Don Martin with the Tyler Police Department. "Get all the facts as to why the person is gone, where they may have gone, follow up on all the leads that we can."

Officer Martin said all available patrol officers were out Monday night searching the area where Alberta Jenkins was last seen.

Maya Golden reporting,