Volunteers search for missing Bayfield County woman

The 81-year-old with dementia walked away from her home Tuesday.

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Joyce Lenz
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CABLE, Wis. — Community volunteers were assisting Friday in the search for an 81-year-old woman with dementia who has been missing since Tuesday.

Joyce Lenz walked away from her home in the area of South Lake Owen Drive, about 5 miles northeast of Cable, around 5 p.m. Tuesday, the Bayfield County Sheriff's Office reported. She was wearing a denim jacket and black pants when last seen.

The sheriff's office has spent several days searching in the wooded areas near Lake Owen and Tahkodah Lake, but persistent rainfall Wednesday hampered the effort. Authorities were also asking area residents to check outbuildings and surveillance systems for any signs of Lenz.

Still unsuccessful, the sheriff's office put out a call for community volunteers to aid in a search of the Tahkodah Lake area Friday. The effort was expected to include heavily wooded areas with wet and uneven terrain.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911.

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