A missing elderly woman with slight dementia who was reported missing Monday morning was found dead later in the day near the nursing home where she lives.
The staff at the reported Lydia Jermann, 86, missing at 1:56 p.m., according to Clearwater Police.
After an extensive search including patrol officers, detectives, police volunteers, Americorps members and the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Eagle helicoptor, Jermann was found dead at 4:34 p.m. in a creek west of the nursing home near 1550 Lotus Path, police said.
Jermann was last seen at 3:30 a.m. in bed at the nursing home at 1520 Jeffords St, according to police. The home is not a lockdown facility, according to police.
Police were initially called out to a neighboring nursing home facility. Staff there provided police with Jermann's actual address nearby.
Jermann usually checks herself out when she leaves; this time she did not, police said.
*updated 9:55 p.m. June 11, 2012