Missing Butte Falls woman found alive after four-day search

80-year-old Geraldine 'Gerry' Hendricks walked away from here home Saturday evening in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road near Butte Falls.

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 4:18 AM
Updated: Oct 15, 2019 1:22 PM

BUTTE FALLS, Ore. --

UPDATE: Search and Rescue officials say they found Hendricks walking on a forest road approximately 2 miles from her home. She is cold and dehydrated but is in surprisingly good condition. She is being transported to the hospital by Mercy Flights helicopter for evaluation.

(Updated 10/15/19 at 12:48 p.m.)


UPDATE: Geraldine Hendricks has been found alive. The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says she was found Tuesday morning. She's being taken to the hospital for medical treatment. 

The Sheriff's Office says it will have more details to come later. 

(Updated 10/15/19  at 12:12 p.m.)


UPDATE: 80-year-old Butte Falls woman Geraldine Hendricks remains missing on Tuesday morning, according to an update from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office. Hendricks suffers from dementia, her family told investigators.

"SAR officials continue searching for Gerry this morning," the agency said. "The ground and air search, as well as the collateral investigation, are still underway. SAR would still like to hear from anyone who may have seen Gerry on Saturday, or since — 541-776-7206."

Hendricks is described as 5’2” and about 100 pounds, with short dark gray hair. She was last seen wearing a pink flannel long sleeve pajama set.

On Monday evening, SAR staff and volunteers were using both ground and air resources to continue the search for Hendricks, but to no avail.

Hendricks has been missing since Saturday evening, more than 60 hours spent away from home.

(Updated 10/15/19 at 10:20 a.m.)


UPDATE: At a news conference on Monday morning, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office said that search efforts for 80-year-old Geraldine "Gerry" Hendricks remain underway. The agency stressed that time was of the essence in finding her.

Hendricks disappeared on Saturday evening after walking away from her home. She reportedly suffers from dementia.

"It's time sensitive and we want to resolve it as fast as we can," said Search and Rescue Coordinator Sgt. Shawn Richards.

"It's a little chilly in the evening hours so any time somebody is exposed to the elements without proper clothing it can be very concerning, especially someone who is elderly," said Sheriff Nathan Sickler.

Hendricks' family reported her missing roughly a half-hour later, but search and rescue teams could not find in her in the darkness and rough terrain. Search efforts have continued ever since.

"As of right now, we're treating this as a missing persons case," Sheriff Sickler added. "We're also doing our diligence with out other resources just to cover all other aspects."

Sheriff Sickler said this is typical in missing persons cases.

While teams have continued to search the area at night, officials said that they may revisit that option if Hendricks is not found soon

This is a developing story, and NewsWatch 12 will have more information from the news conference shortly.

(Updated 10/14/19 at 11 a.m.)


UPDATE: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office says reinforcements have arrived from regional search and rescue (SAR) organizations to assist in the search for a missing woman with dementia. Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks, 80, was reported missing from her home on Saturday evening.

On October 12, 2019, at 6:44 p.m., dispatch received a call from Hendricks’ family in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road. Jackson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO) deputies and search and rescue personnel responded to initiate the search.

SAR personnel, including canine teams, searched through the night, but were hampered by darkness and terrain. Additional resources were deployed at daylight Sunday, ramping up the search effort.

Hendricks is described as 5’2”, 100 lbs., with short dark gray hair. She was last seen wearing a pink flannel long sleeve pajama set.

SAR officials believe Hendricks left her home on foot sometime after 6:15 p.m. Saturday. They would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her walking or given her a ride. Anyone with information can call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

SAR officials thank everyone who has offered to respond to the area and help search; however, they ask people to stay clear of the area at this time so search teams can be managed effectively. If a need for additional searchers does arise, SAR officials will make a public request.

Assisting agencies include those that make up the California-Oregon Regional Search and Rescue (CORSAR) group, as well as the Oregon State Police. Air resources have also been dispatched to assist.

No further information is available for release at this time.

(Updated 10/13/19 at 9:20 a.m.)


INITIAL REPORT: The Jackson County Sheriff's Office is looking for a missing woman with dementia in the Butte Falls area. Geraldine “Gerry” Hendricks, 80, was last seen at 6:15 pm on Saturday, October 12, 2019, in the 4400-block of Obenchain Road.

She is described as 5’2”, 100 lbs., with short dark gray hair, wearing a pink flannel long sleeve pajama set.

SAR would like to hear from anyone who may have seen her walking or given her a ride.

If you have any information, call dispatch at (541) 776-7206.

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