*****PREVIOUSLY RELEASED INFORMATION*****
On 25 February 2018 Off. Skatz met with family members of Rutnet Thomas. No one in her family had seen or heard from Thomas in several weeks. Thomas' son was concerned because in November 2017 she had left home and had been located in New Jersey. She had been found wandering on foot after her vehicle ran out of fuel. Her family believes that Thomas was exhibiting the onset of dementia prior to the time she went missing.
Off. Skatz filed a report and had Thomas entered into NCIC as a Missing Adult-Disability. Her vehicle information was entered and attached to the NCIC entry.
Rutnet Thomas is a black female, 56 years of age. She is 5'05" tall and wears glasses.
Thomas has not been located and no one has had any contact with her since the report was filed over 2 weeks ago.
Thomas drives a 2004 Hyundai Accent PA/EXL8977. The vehicle is a green sedan and is registered to Thomas.
****Not the actual vehicle, similar vehicle depicted*****
Anyone having contact with Rutnet Thomas is asked to contact their local Police Department or contact Lancaster City Police at 717-735-3300.
*****UPDATED INFORMATION 15 MAY 2018*****
In March 2018 our agency received unconfirmed information that Thomas may have been spotted in the Washington DC area. That information was shared with Thomas' son. He went to the DC area and was able to locate Rutnet Thomas. She returned to the Lancaster area with her son on 14 May 2018. Off. Work responded to the home and spoke with Thomas and confimred that she was in good health. Rutnet Thomas did not have her vehicle and the location of the vehicle is unknown.
We would like to thank the many people that shared the image and story of Rutnet Thomas on social media and through the news. We would also like to commend the tenacity and determination of Rutnet's son to be able to locate his mother in a large metropolitan city.