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Lancaster police still searching for woman, 57, as temperatures plummet

Lancaster police continued their search Friday evening for a woman who was reported to have disappeared Thursday morning from a Broadway adult home.

Detective Keith Kerl said police were following up leads they received from area residents, who were asked to check their backyards, sheds and garages for any sign of the missing woman, Lynn Hewitt, 57, a resident of St. Elizabeth’s Home of Lancaster at 5539 Broadway.

The initial call for help came as snow began to fall across the region early Friday afternoon and after temperatures overnight plummeted below the freezing mark.

“With her being missing 24 hours and the inclement weather, we’re concerned,” Kerl said.

Employees at the facility, operated by the Catholic Health System, believe Hewitt wandered away sometime between 4 a.m. and 8 a.m. Thursday, according to JoAnn Cavanaugh, a spokeswoman for the system.

She was described as white, 5 feet, 2 inches tall, 125 pounds, with dirty blond hair, wearing blue jeans, a bright blue Polartec jacket and a red crew neck sweater.

Hewitt has wandered away previously before being found, Kerl said, but that was when she was living at her previous home.

Lancaster police searched through the night Thursday for Hewitt. They were assisted by the Erie County Sheriff’s helicopter, Air One, which used infrared technology to search for the woman.

Family members also have been searching for the missing woman.

Anyone who has seen Hewitt is asked to call Lancaster police immediately at 683-2800.