Dozens of searchers scour Arcadia Management Area for missing woman

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COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) — Several state and local agencies, along with several volunteers, are conducting a search of the Arcadia Management Area looking for a missing a woman.

Patti Pendleton, 59, was reported missing Tuesday afternoon after she failed to show up for work.

Patti Pendleton (Photo Courtesy of Coventry Police)
Patti Pendleton (Photo Courtesy of Coventry Police)

According to a release from Coventry Police, Pendleton was last believed to be on a hiking trail south of Route 165 near Beach Pond.

Chief of RI Environmental Police Dean Hoxsie said, “the area of the trails that we’ve covered searching so far vary from a flat road style to very rough hilly rocky root borne terrain.”

She is described as standing 5-foot-2, weighing about 230 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a purple sweater over a flowered shirt, blue jeans, and hiking boots. Police said she may be wearing an orange vest and an orange hat.

Police said Pendleton was walking her two dogs – a black toy poodle and a black fox terrier – that were coupled together with a harness system. Both were said to be wearing orange vests.

During a news conference, authorities said they don’t suspect foul play, nor do they think Pendleton was trying to harm herself.
They said she has fallen on a hike before, but was found hours later. They said Pendleton does have health concerns that put her at greater risk.

img_4610While they have not found Pendleton or her pets, they did find her vehicle.

“You always associate things happening to someone else or near somewhere else and now it’s next door to you,” said Michael Jubin, Pendleton’s neighbor.

Jubin and Pendleton bonded over the chickens she kept in her yard, but otherwise kept to herself.

Coventry Police say the search for Pendleton will resume at 9:00 a.m. Thursday, and authorities are expected to update the media on their progress at noon.

Anyone with information about Pendleton’s whereabouts is asked to contact Coventry police at 401-826-1100.