Weather complicates search for missing Providence woman

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The family of a missing Providence woman is growing increasingly desperate to find her.

Tuesday’s snow, freezing rain and sleet put added pressure on the family of Ana Martinez – who has been missing for five days.

Martinez, 73, wandered away from her Curtis Street apartment early Friday morning.

Her family headed out Tuesday to search for her – and they said they have no intention of stopping, even with the snow and icy roads.

Eyewitness News spoke with Martinez’s husband Victor. He admitted that his English is not very good, but he shared some surveillance video that captured his wife leaving their apartment just after 5 a.m.

He said he was asleep when she got out of bed and walked out of the first-floor unit. The video then shows her walking across the parking area and through a metal gate in the direction of Broadway.

Officials said the focus of the search is now in that area, near Olneyville.

Ms. Martinez was last seen wearing a white nightgown and a green sweater, and she only speaks Spanish.

According to Victor, his wife of 50 years suffers from dementia and mental health issues, and she is without her medication.

Tuesday’s weather conditions were weighing heavily on the family, both physically and mentally. The weather was also on the minds of police and fire officials who have ben searching for the elderly woman for days.

On Sunday, officials scoured the banks of the Woonasquatucket River to no avail.

Anyone with information, or who sees a woman matching Martinez’s description should contact Providence police immediately. 

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