Missing woman with Alzheimer's found safe in Portland

Missing woman with Alzheimer's found safe in Portland
Marilyn Clark

UPDATE: Marilyn Clark was located safe near her former home in Southwest Portland Thursday morning.

Investigators received a call from a friend of Clark's who took her into their home Wednesday night. The friend did not know she had been reported missing.

Deputies returned Clark to her home.

Original story below.


PORTLAND, Ore. – Washington County sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing woman with Alzheimer’s in the Portland area.

Marilyn Clark, 74, was last seen at St. Vincent Hospital at 7 p.m. Wednesday when she helped drop her mother off, according to the sheriff’s office. Her family reported her missing at 11:45 p.m.

Clark is 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds. She has gray hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a red shirt, jean jacket and glasses. She was carrying a black purse.

The sheriff’s office released a surveillance photo of Clark taken Wednesday night (below).

Clark accidentally took her mother’s purse and identification when she left the hospital Wednesday night, the sheriff’s office said. Her mother’s name is Lavelle Schmalle; she was born in 1918.

The sheriff’s office believes Clark got on a bus headed to Southeast Portland, but said she could be anywhere in the Portland area.

Clark has been entered into the law enforcement database as a missing endangered person.

Anyone who sees Clark or knows her location is asked to call the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 503-629-0111.