Woman missing after police escort her to wrong shelter
Lori Caldwell email@example.com|648-3258 October 18, 2012 4:16PM
Holly Elischer Womax, missing woman. | Provided Photo~Sun-Times Media ptmet
Holly Womax, age 30, is a white woman about 5-feet, 4-inches tall weighing about 300 pounds. She has blue eyes and brown hair.
Anyone who encounters her can call Lt. Lawrence Wright at 881-4736 or Gary police communications at 881-1260.
Updated: November 20, 2012 10:47AM
GARY — A woman seeking refuge from problems at home disappeared
Oct. 3 after police dropped her off outside a shelter.
“She has not been seen since,” Lt. Lawrence Wright said.
Holly Womax, also known as Holly Elischer, 30, was afraid of her husband, George Paul Elischer.
Elischer called Holly’s mother the night of Oct. 2 “and was threatening to kill her. I was so concerned I had the police go check,” Darlene Strickland said. Strickland lives in Georgia.
The couple are divorced, but Elischer brought his ex-wife from Georgia to live with him here last year, Strickland said. Her maiden name is Womax.
That night, Womax left her mobile home park near Ridge and Clark roads and slept in the lobby of the Public Safety Facility.
Gary police arranged for Womax to stay at an area women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. “She had a room,” Wright said.
But an officer instead took Womax to a women’s homeless shelter several blocks away where she was “dropped off.” He did not escort her inside the building.
Strickland said the shelter turned her away, forcing Womax to sleep in a structure near the Adam Benjamin Metro Center.
“The last I talked to her was Oct. 4. She was going to charge her phone. By this time she was scared. She didn’t know where she was,” Strickland said.
Womax is bipolar and needs medication. Elischer is the only person she knows in Northwest Indiana, her mother said.
“It’s a desperate situation,” she said. Womax receives Social Security disability because her illness prevents her from working.
“We’re down here depending on Lt. Wright,” Strickland said.