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Police seek missing Edmonds woman with Alzheimer's

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By Eric Stevick
Herald Writer
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  • Nancy Brancheau

    Nancy Brancheau

EDMONDS -- Police said Tuesday they are searching for an Edmonds woman with Alzheimer's and dementia who walked away from her home.
The Edmonds Police Department is requesting help locating Nancy Brancheau, 59. She last was seen at 10 p.m. Monday at her Edmonds home in the 22600 block of 105th Avenue W.
When family members awoke at 9 a.m. Monday, the woman was missing.
"It's believed she walked away of her own volition," Edmonds police Sgt. Mike Blackburn said.
Brancheau is white, about 5-foot-2 and weighs roughly 135 pounds. She has shoulder-length brown hair and brown eyes.
She is believed to be wearing a black, heavy sweater with white accents and silver hooks on the front. She might be wearing a hooded sweatshirt underneath, along with blue denim pants, black shoes and a tan fisherman-style hat with either a Mickey or Minnie Mouse design on the front.
Brancheau also has a Medical Alert bracelet on her left wrist, which identifies her by name, lists her condition and includes a contact telephone number. She likely will be wearing sunglasses.
Blackburn said it doesn't appear the woman took money with her for food or transportation.
When she is confused, she might be more likely to answer to her maiden name, Nancy DeFazio.
Brancheau likes to visit parks and beaches.
When she turned up missing in December, she was found in Golden Gardens Park in Seattle, Blackburn said.
"They've been contacted as well," he said.
Police officers have been searching the area and checking with friends, local businesses and hospitals.
Snohomish County Search and Rescue also has been contacted for assistance.
Eric Stevick: 425-339-3446, stevick@heraldnet.com
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