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Sheriff’s office searching for missing woman near Pinson

By Scott Buttram

PINSON — Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies have been searching for an elderly woman near Pinson since Friday night when relatives reported her missing.

Her family said that 66-year-old Lula Hazzard Skanes suffers from dementia and left the residence on foot, according to a statement from Chief Deputy Randy Christian.

Lula Hazzard Skanes
photo courtesy of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office

“At 9 p.m. last night deputies responded to a residence in the 1100 block of Oak Creek Trail near Pinson,” Christian’s report said. “Deputies were told by the daughter of the woman that she had left her mother at home at about 3:30 p.m., but when she returned home at 8:30 p.m. she was not there. She does not drive and is believed to have left the residence on foot.”

The family told officers that Skanes has also been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.

Skanes is described as a black female, 5-foot-1 and weighing 120 pounds. No clothing description is known, but she is believed to be carrying a large gym bag. Deputies searched the area Friday night and were continuing the search Saturday with K9s.

Anyone with information regarding Skanes’ whereabouts or believes they may have seen her is urged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office at 205-325-1450.


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