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June 18, 2013

Azle police search for missing Springtown woman

Provided by The Azle News

AZLE – Azle police, with help from the Azle Fire Department, Briar VFD, Tarrant County Sheriff's Office, TRWD police and watercraft and Search One Rescue, are actively searching the woods east of both North and South Ash Avenue all the way to Eagle Mountain Lake for a woman believed to be lost in the area.

Since before midnight Tuesday, and throughout a strong storm that dumped more than 2 inches of rain on the area, searchers have been house-to-house and combed the woods looking for Donna Johnstone, 61, of Springtown.

A command post has been set up at the Azle water treatment plant near the intersection of Lakeview Drive and Broadway Avenue. Lt. Darrell West of the Azle Police Department said Johnstone is not old enough to qualify her for Silver Alert status.

According to a family spokesperson, Johnstone may be suffering from the effects of medication and was known to be confused and disoriented when family members last spoke to her on her cell phone shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday morning.

“She was going to a doctor's appointment in Dallas (Monday) morning, but somehow wound up in Mineral Wells,” the man said. “They changed her appointment to 1 p.m., and she made it there. But a nurse noticed her tinkering around her car for almost an hour after her appointment.”

Later in the day, Johnstone still had not returned to Springtown. From her cell phone, Johnstone said she could read a street sign at the corner of Lakeview Drive and Broadway Avenue.

Springtown police were able to “ping” Johnstone's telephone, and it showed she was in that area, as well.

Azle police discovered Johnstone's car parked in the driveway on Broadway Avenue, but Johnstone was nowhere to be found.

A family spokesperson said Johnstone had surgery about 10 days ago, and he fears a pain pump and additional medications have left her confused and disoriented. He said she has not previously shown signs or symptoms of Alzheimers Disease or dementia.

Especially because of last night's storm, Johnstone may have sought shelter from the weather. Residents in the area should check storage buildings, sheds and any other covered areas.

She was believed to be wearing a ball cap, a green, long-sleeved button down shirt and green capri pants.

If you see Johnstone, please call 911 or the Azle Police Department at 817-444-3221.

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