Burlington woman, 90, still missing after one week


Ruzie Suggs

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BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Family members of a 90-year-old Burlington woman reported missing one week ago said she could have made her way closer to home, based on recent sightings.

Ruzie Suggs was reported missing two days after she was last seen on Sept. 8 while dropping a friend off on Lincoln Street in Greensboro. At the time, Suggs was driving her 2005 white Cadillac with personalized N.C. plates that read "RUZIE1." Her dog, a light brown and gray poodle name Pierre, was also with her.

Cell phone records last tracked Suggs in the South Boston/Clarksville, Va. area, but on Monday morning her family shared reports of possible sightings in Alamance County. 

Suggs' nephew, Shayne Suffern, said two employees at the Savers Furniture store in the Burlington Outlet Village reported speaking with a disoriented woman fitting Suggs' description on Thursday.

"She appeared disoriented and was looking for K-mart, and the lady told them, 'I live near Kmart,' and left," Suffern said. "They did not know at the time there was a missing senior citizen out there, and she may have fit the description."

The same day, Suffern said there were reports of Suggs being spotted at the Walmart in Mebane.

Family members, who are offering a $2,000 reward for valid information in Suggs' disappearance, urge the public to keep in mind she would have a clear cane on her, along with her dog.  Her Cadillac would also have a handicapped sticker.  She is not very mobile, and has signs of dementia, according to the family.

"She knows this area very well and I understand with stages of dementia setting in, that... I don't know too much about, but I understand she could be possibly anywhere and get flashbacks when she was younger and go to areas that she may have been at previously," Suffern said.

Anyone with further information about Suggs' whereabouts is asked to call 911 or the Burlington Police Department.

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