ESCONDIDO: The family of a 71-year-old Alzheimer's patient who has been missing since she wandered from her home in late August is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to her return.
Sheila Ann Lopes was last seen about midnight Aug. 28 at the house on Woodland Heights Glen in Emerald Heights where she lives with her husband, Frank, said her son-in-law Paul Menth.
Despite an extensive search that included Escondido police, the Sheriff's Department and hundreds of volunteers, no trace of Lopes has been found.
Emerald Heights is a gated community of 700 homes with 24-hour security and video cameras at the gates, but there is no evidence that Lopes ever passed through, Menth said.
The family believes that Lopes, who has been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for six years, got up, dressed and went outside to smoke a cigarette the night she went missing, Menth said.
Lopes is white, about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 135 pounds, with gray shoulder-length hair. She was wearing a teal-green, long-sleeved shirt and teal-green pants with white canvas deck shoes.
Escondido police Lt. Chris Wynn said the department has no evidence of foul play. He said detectives still get calls about possible leads.
Anyone with information is asked to call Escondido police at (760) 839-4722 or an anonymous tip line at (760) 743-8477. –D.B.