Blanchard 78-Year-Old Woman With Dementia Found, Police Say


Tuesday, August 3rd 2021, 7:41 pm
By: Brittany Toolis


BLANCHARD, Oklahoma -

The Blanchard Police Department said 78-year-old Shirley Pickard has been found Tuesday.

This is a breaking news update. The previous story is below.

Multiple agencies led by the Blanchard Police Department searched for a woman at the center of a Silver Alert. 

Shirley Pickard, 78, has dementia and has been missing since she wandered from her home sometime after 3 p.m. Monday.

It's not just police and fire departments on the search. The people of Blanchard have showed up in full force on foot, car, ATV, and even horseback to help look for Pickard.

"Hundreds of people we don't even know heard the Silver Alert and just came in," said Shirley's son, David Pickard.

Volunteers went door to door as they walked the streets of Blanchard in search of Pickard.

"We know she made it most of the way down Harrison about to 6th Street, maybe before 7th and we don't have anything after that," said David.

A security camera on Harrison near 7th Street caught Shirley as she walked by just before 4 p.m. Monday.

 "We have scent dogs, area search dogs, and cadaver dogs as well," said Blanchard PD Deputy Chief, Joe Beilouny.

A helicopter with infrared technology took to the air Monday night. The search area has expanded past the Blanchard borders, into Dibble. 

Police are asking people who live in the area to look around their homes for Pickard.

"Look everywhere they possibly can on their property. If they have cameras, check the camera footage," said Beilouny. "If they have storm shelters, check their shelters. Check everything around their property for anything unusual."

Police said even if Pickard isn't found on the property, anything out of the ordinary like a piece of clothing or a sign that a person may have been there should be reported to Blanchard police.