Family asks for help during search for missing 72-year-old Boonville woman


BOONVILLE, In. (WEHT) — A Tri-state family continues to search for answers, after police issued a silver alert for a 72-year-old Boonville woman last week.

That family is asking the public for help as they continue to work with police.

Police issued a silver alert for Donna Hatfield on August 28th, and police say, she was last seen on June 13th.

Now, the family tells me, they fear someone close to her knows more than what they are saying.

“Donna’s a very friendly, outgoing lady, she doesn’t know any strangers.”

Thomas Coe smiles as he talks about his sister.

It’s clear Donna Hatfield’s family know sher as a warm person, who would welcome anyone.

“Mom was always smiling, when I talked to her on the phone she was always laughing,” says her daughter Shannon Martin.

She is a mother, a sister, a grandmother, and now, she is missing.

“What’s going on here? This doesn’t add up. And the family feels the same way. This …doesn’t add up.”

Donna suffers from Alzheimer’s, but her family says she wasn’t totally dependent on her caretaker.

“She would get lost very easily, as Alzheimer’s patients tend to do. But we don’t think she’s lost now, in that sense. […] Somebody would have seen her.”

It’s that caretaker, who we are not identifying before we can get an independent confirmation, who the family believes may have some answers.

“We’ve been getting different stories,” said Coe.”That she’s died, that she was in a nursing home, that she was in the hospital, that she died of pneumonia, that she died of an aneurysm, that she died from a stroke.”

Right away, they said, they called the police.

“They have talked about getting phone records, bank records, I feel like they are working very hard,” Martin said. She met with the lead detective yesterday.

The family is also working hard, asking if anyone has seen anything out of the ordinary, to come forward.

“If anybody knows anything at all, or seen anything at all, even if they thought it was a joke or insignificant.”

Armed with little more than suspicion and their love for Donna, they are asking for help to bring Donna home.

“i want to find my mom,” says martin. “that’s what i want. I want to find my mom, no matter what it takes, and we need help.”

Police say Donna may be in extreme danger and may require medical attention.

Anyone with any information should contact the Boonville Police Department at 812-897-1200 or call 9-1-1.

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