The family of Joe Ella Adkins is seeking the public’s help to locate their relative, who suffers from Alzheimer’s and high blood pressure.
Adkins, 73, was last seen on Sunday, July 6 around 7:30 p.m. in the 6000 block of South Wilton Place in Los Angeles.
“She was staying with my brother Fred,” said Michael Adkins, the missing woman’s son. “Mom was upset. She stepped outside of the house for about 10 minutes. When my brother went outside to look for her, she was nowhere to be found. We searched everywhere,” said Michael.
Bobbie Adkins, Joe Ella’s daughter, said that she has been unable to sleep since her mother disappeared. “It’s killing me because she left out walking. How can you miss an elderly person like that? Her mind is wandering and I’m sure she doesn’t even know where she is. I went to the 77th (police) station to report that my mother is missing. The family is doing everything that we can to find her,” said Bobbie.
Bobbie describes her mother as friendly. “She answers to the name of Jo Jo. If you call her Jo Jo, she will turn around and smile,” she said. “We went on the Internet searching for her, we called the hospitals and different shelters, and we called the coroner. We put up flyers and searched the neighborhood. We went to her friends’ homes,” said Bobbie.
Family members said that Joe Ella is 5’4″ in height and weighs between 130 and 145 pounds. Her hair is goldish brown streaked with touches of gray and she wears her hair in a pony tail.
The family said that their mother is in need of her high blood pressure medication.
According to police detective Jason Kwok, who has been assigned the case, Adkins was wearing a green shirt, blue jeans and a brown sweater when last seen.
Kwok said that the police department has cast a “wide net” to find Adkins. “We’ve contacted hospitals, and we placed a news release on the LAPD website,” said Kwok.
Michael Adkins said that his mother’s Alzheimer’s had gotten progressively worse in the past few weeks. “We noticed that she would repeat herself a lot. She would overtake her medication such as her blood pressure, nerve and water pills,” he said.
The family said that before their mother’s disappearance, they had made an appointment for their mother to see a doctor about her Alzheimer’s.
Anyone with information on Joe Ella should call Bobbie Adkins at (323) 304-0148, Jessica Nicholson at (323) 298-1385 Michael Adkins at (323) 758-4643 or contact the LAPD at 1-877-LAWFULL.