Missing 90-year-old Elizabeth City woman found dead

Ruby Whedbee (Photo: Elizabeth City Police Department)

Correction: The initial report that she was found safe was incorrect. Police confirm Mrs. Whedbee was found deceased.


ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WAVY) — An Elizabeth City woman who went missing from an assisted living home was found Tuesday morning, but sadly she has passed away.

90-year-old Ruby Whedbee was last seen at 4 p.m. Monday in the lobby of the Brookdale Assisted Living Facility, located at 401 Hastings Lane. Police say Whedbee was spotted walking on Hastings Lane near Albemarle Gastroenterology. She was wearing a green and blue short-sleeve shirt, lime green pants and she has a maroon medical walker.

Tuesday, just before noon, the Elizabeth City Police Department reported that Whedbee was found and they thanked everyone who assisted in the search. A couple hours later, in an official release, the department said search teams located Mrs. Whedbee around 10:45 a.m. about a half mile from the assisted living facility deceased.

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