HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – UPDATE: Seminole police say Edna Rainey was found safe Wednesday just after 3 p.m. in Ybor City by a Brandon resident who recognized her outside of Jimmy’s Tacos.
Police say Jesse Guerrero read a missing person post about Rainey on the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page less than an hour before spotting her.
Guerrero and his wife, Isabelle, said they stopped by Jimmy’s Tacos for something to eat after she picked him up from work at Blind Tiger Coffee Roasters in Downtown Tampa. Guerrero said he was walking back to their car when he saw a woman who resembled photographs in the missing person Facebook post.
“I noticed her walking near the parked cars,” said Guerrero. “When I saw her face, she looked familiar. She introduced herself as Edna Rainey. She seemed unaware of what was going on.”
Rainey is currently being reunited with her sister and daughter at the Seminole Police Department Office adjacent to the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
“Her family is overjoyed,” said William Latchford, the executive director of Public Safety for the Seminole Tribe of Florida. “This is a perfect ending to a scary situation, and we want to thank police agencies all over Tampa Bay for the great efforts they made to get the word out through social media and other channels. Special thanks to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the Facebook post that ultimately helped to find Edna Rainey.”
ORIGINAL: The Seminole Police Department of the Seminole Tribe of Florida is currently asking for the community’s help in finding a missing woman with dementia.
Police say 74-year-old Edna Rainey walked away alone from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. and has not been seen since.
According to officers, Rainey was last seen walking west on the south side of Hillsborough Avenue from Orient Road. She was at the casino complex with family members, who lost touch with her and contacted security officers to report she was missing.
Rainey is described as a Black female, stands 5 feet tall, weighs 90 pounds, and has white hair. She was last seen wearing blue sweatpants, a blue/gray jacket, and gray sandals with white socks.
Police say Rainey is a resident of Palm Harbor in Pinellas County, where she lives with family.
If you see Rainey or know her possible whereabouts, please call Seminole police at 813-623-5748 or 863-763-5731.