Missing Ashland woman located, returns to family

ASHLAND — A 20-year-old developmentally disabled woman who went missing May 10 was found Wednesday in good health in Ashland.

A phone tip led Ashland police to Adeline Linsday, who was found near the Albertsons grocery store at 2301 Ashland St., police said.

Police reported that she was not injured and in good health.

Linsday, who lives with her brother in the 300 block of Alta Avenue in Ashland, was last seen by her father and left without her personal belongings. She had recently quit her job at Skylark Assisted Living in Ashland before disappearing, police said.

"Adeline is back, and she is safe," said her mother, Shelley Linsday. "We're just not certain as to where she's been or what she's been doing. We know she was in the company of people who are not the best role models for her."

Medford police Detective Mike Blair identified the woman known as "Peanuts" who Adeline spent time with in Medford and Grants Pass. He called her and persuaded her to bring Adeline back to Ashland, where she was recognized by a citizen near the grocery store, said Ashland Deputy Chief Rich Walsh.

"We've interviewed Adeline, and she has indicated that no criminal circumstances have occurred during the time that she has been gone," Walsh said. "Therefore, our investigation is completed."

Adeline's family has set up meetings with case workers and her education team to discuss social dangers, her mother said.

"When we did finally get to see her yesterday, she didn't sense the amount of concern and worry that she had caused at all," her mother said. "She's being very unclear as to where she's been. There's just a lot of unanswered questions."

Julie French is a reporter for the Ashland Daily Tidings. She can be reached at 482-3456 ext. 227 or jfrench@dailytidings.com.

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