Cranston police search for woman, 74, reported missing

Sharon Garber (Cranston Police Department photo)

Cranston police are searching for a 74-year-old Cranston woman who was reported missing early Sunday.

Police say Sharon Garber walked away from her home on West Blue Ridge Road sometime after 2:30 p.m. and was reported as missing at around 9 a.m.

Cranston police say, mysteriously, she didn't take her pocketbook or her cell phone on the way out.

As the harsh temperatures move in, police say search dogs can't trace her scent as easily, although it's likely Garber left on foot.

Police told NBC 10, they became more concerned with her disappearance as the extremely cold weather moves in and were worried after finding a note Garber left behind.

Police say Garber doesn't have a history of mental illness and after thoroughly searching her home and nearby streets, they found no evidence of foul play.

NBC 10 spoke to Garber’s family off-camera, who said they wanted to keep their family matters private.

Police say Garber is a 5-feet and 4-inches tall and weighs 125 pounds. She has brown eyes and shoulder-length hair.

A search was underway in Garber's Garden Hills neighborhood.

Cranston police ask anyone with information in connection to Garber's location to contact the department immediately at 401-942-2211.

Neighbors told NBC 10 off-camera Garber has a kind heart, and they hope she's safe.

Police say the also checked surveillance footage, and found no trace of Garber.

Cranston Police also sent A Code Red phone notification to over 26,000 people nearby -- but with no luck.

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