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Massive search continues for missing Yellowstone County woman

77-year-old woman with Alzheimer's missing
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Posted at 8:45 AM, Jan 10, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-10 10:45:00-05

A massive search effort continued Monday in Billings for a 77-year-old woman with Alzheimer's, who walked away from her home in the very early morning hours Monday.

Sherri Richterich’s daughter Paula says her mother walked away from her family home where she lives with her husband, sometime shortly before 1 a.m.

Yellowstone County Sheriff Mike Linder said searchers found a jacket that likely belongs to Richterich following a search in the area around her home in the area of Green Acres Drive and Rudio Road. Searchers also combed the area north of 56th Street West.

The search will continue into the night and into tomorrow, if needed, Linder said.

The woman was first reported missing Monday morning. Linder requested a missing endangered person advisory and launched a ground and helicopter search.

Officials are asking property owners in the area to check their properties, buildings, vehicles, trees and shrubs for any sign of her.

Overnight temperatures are a concern in the search to find Richterich. She is described as 4 feet 11 inches tall, 105 pounds, hazel eyes and blonde hair. She was wearing a blue striped jacket, blue jeans, blue tennis shoes and glasses.

Anyone with information should call the Yellowstone County Sheriff’s office at 406-256-2929 or dial 911.

First Look: Search continues for missing woman