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New search planned for missing Duluth woman

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DULUTH — Law enforcement officers and volunteers will spend today looking for a Duluth woman who went missing last month.

Authorities plan to conduct searches in the Lincoln Park area where Dale Gerard raised her family. Gerard has dementia, and her family said last week that she often believes she’s living in the past.

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Gerard, 74, went missing from her home at an assisted-living facility July 20 and has not been seen since.

Police said she boarded a bus and got off at Piedmont Avenue and Seventh Street, and then walked into the Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The Duluth Police Department, St. Louis County Rescue Squad and volunteers will conduct today’s searches. The agencies also are reminding residents and business owners to search their buildings, campers, boats and other locations where Gerard could be staying.

Gerard is 5 feet 5 inches tall, weighs 155 pounds and has brown eyes and auburn or reddish hair. She has distinct red marks on her chin, nose and cheeks. She last was seen wearing dark-colored pants, a flowered blouse and a pink sweater.

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