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Unicoi County woman with dementia found safe

85-year-old Wilma Oliver was found safe after she was missing for two days.
Credit: Unicoi County Sheriff's Department

UPDATE (5/24/20) A missing Unicoi County woman has been found safe.

According to Unicoi County Sheriff Mike Hensley, 85-year-old Wilma Oliver was found on Saturday alive and well.

Officials had been searching for Oliver since Thursday night, when she first went missing.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol all assisted in the search.


Authorities across Tennessee are searching for 85-year-old Wilma Oliver, who has dementia.

Oliver was last seen in the Flag Pond area in Unicoi County on Thursday, according to officials. She was wearing grey pants, a lime green long sleeve shirt and a black sweater. She is 5'2" and has gray hair and hazel eyes. Oliver has a medical condition. 

Oliver has family in the Knoxville area praying for her safe return.

Unicoi County Search and Rescue, sheriff's deputies and crews from two Volunteer Fire Departments were out looking for her on Friday. On Saturday morning, the Washington County Sheriff’s Officers assisted with drones and the Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that has heat-sensing equipment, according to a post from Unicoi County Sheriff Michael Hensley on Facebook.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should contact the Unicoi County Sheriff's Department at 423-743-1850.