Family Offers Reward as Crews Continue Search for Pocola Woman
The family of Ruby Poole, 74, who has been missing since Wednesday night is now offering a $1,000 reward to help bring the woman back home.
Crews, including Pocola police and more than 50 volunteers, continued the search for Poole, who suffers from dementia, throughout the day Saturday.
Friday, they began using K-9 units to search for the missing woman.
An aircraft from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was used in the search, Chief Steve Howard with the Pocola Police Department said. Volunteers were also on horseback searching the area for the woman.
Friends and family gathered at the Union Baptist Church Friday.
“She just loves children,” said Yvonne Albritton. “I mean she’s the gum giver. We have a rule here that says no gum… but all the kids run to her – for gum.”
Poole was last seen in the area of North Gray Street and Choctaw Road around 11 p.m. Wednesday, according to Chief Howard.
It is believed that Poole wandered off on foot from her home. Her kids live within walking distance and her church is just up the road.
“People would see her and it would be ‘Ruby, get in the car. You’re not supposed to be walking alone. Let me take you back to Leslie,’” Albritton said. “And, usually, she’d mind. I mean she’d say ‘Okay, can’t I do anything without somebody catching me?’”
Police are concerned because Poole suffers from dementia and has been without her medication.
“We’re reaching out to the community and the surrounding areas,” Chief Howard said. “Somebody has probably seen her. And we need to help get her back home.”
She was last seen wearing blue jeans, a purple sweater and a black/white/beige checkered jacket. Poole may be carrying a black or brown purse and may be wearing glasses.
Her son reported her missing around 7 a.m. Thursday. No foul play is suspected at this time, Chief Howard said.
If you have any information or have seen the woman, call Pocola Police at (918) 436-2476.