The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department says the body of a missing Pinson woman was located on Monday morning. The body was found near the intersection of Sweeney Hollow Road and Winchester Hills Drive.
Investigators believe the body is 66-year-old Lula Hazzard Skanes, who was reported missing from her residence in the 1100 block of Oak Creek Trail on Friday around 9 p.m. Skanes had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's a little more than a year ago and also had dementia.
The sheriff's office says a family member searching the area located the body in a deep ditch near the residence.
Search crews looked for Skanes over the weekend, and even searched the area where her body was eventually discovered, about a quarter mile from her home.
Authorities believe Skanes wandered from her home where she lived with her son and daughter-in-law. Foul play is not suspected in her death.
Skanes' family said she is originally from the Fountain Heights area and had spoken recently about giving back to her old community. Relatives believe she may have been trying to go back to her old neighborhood when she wandered away from home.
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