• Search continues for elderly Leesburg woman who disappeared 10 days ago


    LEESBURG, Fla. - Investigators in Leesburg are still trying to locate a 74-year-old woman who disappeared more than a week ago.

    After several thorough searches, detectives met Wednesday to regroup in their search for Trautie Rankin.

    Authorities also re-interviewed some of the woman's friends and relatives at police headquarters to see if they missed any clues.

    Fliers are up at Leesburg's Silver Pointe Apartments as neighbors there hope for Rankin's safe return.

    "Very petite, very to herself. Sweet," said community manager Amy Lewis.

    Rankin had lived at the complex a little more than a month since moving down from South Carolina.  She has not been seen for 10 days.

    "This is a very strange situation where she has just simply vanished," said Maj. Steve Rockefeller of the Leesburg Police Department.

    Leesburg police have thoroughly searched the woods between the apartment complex and a Walmart but there were no signs of Rankin.

     Neighbors said Rankin would often walk back and forth from the store as she doesn’t own a car. 

    Detectives who searched her apartment found no signs of a crime and said while Rankin is showing early signs of dementia she has her wits about her. 

     Her new friends at Silver Pointe are posting as many of the fliers as they can.

    "We did about 300 last night," said Lewis. "And anybody who has any information or just thinks they may have seen her, come forward so we can piece something together."

    Rankin's daughter and son-in-law traveled from South Carolina to help in the search.

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