Search Continues After 82-Year-Old New Lima Woman Disappears


Tuesday, February 23rd 2021, 10:28 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


WEWOKA, Okla. -

Nearly three weeks have passed since an 82-year-old New Lima woman was last seen.

Investigators said Ruth Elizabeth Louie was last seen February 4 getting into a white Nissan Altima in the Twin Bridges area of Highway 270 near New Lima.

The Seminole County Sheriff’s Office issued a Silver Alert for Louie on February 6, 2021 and requested OSBI’s assistance with locating her. 

OSBI asked the public to identify a man who investigators wanted to speak with. The man has since been identified and has an alibi.

Another day continues another search for Louie’s family. They have been combing the area on foot for days where Louie was last seen.

“It is ongoing every day,” Louie’s grandson, Marvin Battle, told News 9. “You’ll see someone on the highway individually looking for her.”

“It’s taken a toll on all of us just trying to figure this out. How did she just disappear?” said Battle. “The last time she was seen she was getting into a car right here. Somebody out there knows something. We just want someone to come forward.”

Resources such as drones have helped the sheriff’s office, Chickasaw Nation Emergency Management and Seminole Nation with the search.

“They can see things that we can’t see,” said Seminole County Undersheriff, Matt Haley. “They can see a larger area, areas that we can’t access such as your heavily wooded areas, middle of a lake, middle of a pond whatever the case may be.”

K-9’s have been brought in as well to assist with the search.

Family said Louie loves to walk and is known in the community.

Haley said the Seminole County sheriff has offered Louie a ride multiple times, Louie always declines.

Between drones and K9’s, Louie’s family won’t give up. They are determined to bring her home.

“It would mean the world to us for my grandma to come back and we are still hopeful that she is still out there, and she will make it back to us,” said Battle.

Contact the OSBI at (800) 522-8017 or tips@osbi.ok.gov if you have any information about Louie’s whereabouts.

Tips to OSBI can be made anonymously.