Janesville (WKOW)-- Police have searched by land, water and air looking for any signs of missing 75-year-old Mary Coulthard. She was last seen 10:00 p.m. Friday at her apartment in the 200 block of North Main Street. Search crews focused their attention on the areas along the Rock River, but other community search teams focused on the neighborhoods near Coulthard's home.
A woman who lives in the 200 block of Jackson Street tells 27 News that she found Coulthard's purse in a garbage can earlier this week. She was walking in the neighborhood and found several religious pamphlets strewn across the ground. She collected them and attempted to throw them away in a garbage can, but immediately discovered a purse inside. After turning the purse into the Janesville Police Department she discovered that it belonged to Coulthard.
Police have confirmed that the woman's purse was found along with a water bottle that she owned. These items were recovered a few blocks away from her apartment complex. Friends say that Coulthard liked to go for walks in the community and was a very devoted Christian.
"Her faith is a big part of who she is. She always thought she was going to go out there and save everyone. She wanted to help people. That's who Mary is," friend and neighbor Mary Falk says.
Coulthard's disappearance came as a shock to many in the community. Falk says she was not prone to wandering off. Janesville Police say they believe she may have had some sort of mental or physical condition that contributed to her disappearance. They wouldn't elaborate on what that condition may be. Falk and her fellow church members say they're praying for her safe return.
"We're not getting the sleep we need. We're not eating right. We're all very, very worried. We're going to have a prayer vigil tonight at seven and hopefully that will put a lot of people's minds at ease and help us," Falk says.
Janesville Police are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact them at (608) 755-3100. Coulthard was last seen wearing a tan coat, blue jeans and white shoes.
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