Gary woman missing since October back with family in Georgia
Post-Tribune Staff Report April 2, 2013 6:25AM
Updated: April 2, 2013 6:26AM
GARY — Holly Womax-Elischer is back with her family in Georgia, six months after she disappeared after police left her at the wrong women’s shelter here.
Womax-Elischer, 31, posted on a Facebook page that she is happy to be home and safe.
She told police she was being held at two Gary locations — one in Glen Park and the other in Midtown — since sometime after Oct. 3.
Police tracked her through the use of her debit card, through which she received regular deposits from Social Security disability payments. She is mentally challenged, her family said.
The tracking process was delayed for months while the bank processed a subpoena for the woman’s records, police said.
She had been living in the Black Oak mobile home park with her ex-husband, but left him Oct. 2 and went to the Public Safety Facility for help.
Police arranged for her to stay at a downtown shelter, but an officer dropped her off at a long-term facility, not the home for victims of domestic violence.
She was turned away from there despite arrangements by Gary police for her at the other shelter just a few blocks to the west.
Womax-Elischer spoke to her mother after that, saying she slept in a park overnight. That was the last anyone heard from her until police located her in the 1100 block of Connecticut Street last week.
Family members came to Gary and took her home to Georgia.
The case is under investigation.