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Hound tracks missing Fargo woman's scent

Laura Williams-Jaffe

FARGO - Fargo police brought in a bloodhound Tuesday to search the Island Park area and along the nearby Red River for a woman who has been missing since last Wednesday.

Lt. Pat Claus said the dog's handler reported that the tracking hound picked up the scent of Laura Williams-Jaffe, 56.

"We did bring in a bloodhound to work the area, the Island Park area. We did go down to the river area and the parks," he said, but no further evidence of her whereabouts were found.

"We've drawn no conclusions," Claus said.

Claus said the police have consulted with the dive rescue team in case a search of the Red River is later determined warranted.

In the meantime, Claus urges southside residents to search garages and unused outbuildings to help find Williams-Jaffe.

He urges anyone with potential information on her whereabouts, or who believe they may have seen her, to call police at (701) 235-4493.

Williams-Jaffe's relatives, including her brother, City Commissioner Mike Williams, said their sister is a vulnerable adult. They said she requires medications for anxiety and pain from a broken back suffered in a car crash in October.

Family members said she left her purse, cell phone, cash, most of her medications and a back brace at the home of a niece she was rooming with. She had written a note saying she was going to visit a friend for a few days, they said.

Due to her injuries, Williams-Jaffe walks slowly and deliberately, and has difficulty with balance, family members said.

She is 5 feet 4 inches tall, weighing 100 pounds, with long, straight, light brown hair, family members said. They said she looks more like a 40-year-old than her true age of 56.