ATTLEBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — An elderly woman who went missing Saturday afternoon has been found in Braintree, according to Attleboro police.
Police issued a Silver Alert Sunday evening for Dorothy Lucas, who was reported missing by concerned staff members of the assisted-living facility where she lives. It was canceled Monday afternoon after she was found.
Lucas, 73, reportedly checked out of the George Street facility around 1:40 p.m. Saturday and didn’t return. The staff told police she was in the company of Mark Chicoine, 51, of Attleboro, whom they said she befriended while he was visiting another resident of the home.
Police were concerned for her health since she is a diabetic who depends on insulin and they believed Lucas left home without her medication.
Investigators received information indicating Lucas and Chicoine were in the North Kingstown area Sunday morning. They also learned the pair was seen at about 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the Santander Bank on Park Street in Attleboro, where Lucas withdrew cash. Because of this, police believe it’s possible Lucas may have been financially exploited. However, they said those concerns will be “investigated thoroughly” and at this time, no charges are pending against Chicoine.
Police said Lucas and Chicoine were spotted by an employee at the South Shore Plaza, who then notified Braintree officers of their whereabouts.
Christopher Porta, Chicoine’s neighbor, said he’s known him for years and he wouldn’t hurt anybody.
“I know he’s not a harmful person,” Porta said. “He’s not someone who would deliberately put someone in harm’s way.”
“I think someone made a friend with him,” Porta added. “I don’t know why he took her out of the nursing home. Maybe she asked him for a ride to go to the ATM, I have no idea.”
Lucas was transported by ambulance to a Braintree area hospital to receive treatment and medications for her conditions.
Police said there is no indication that Lucas physically harmed her, and the investigation is ongoing.