Police find missing woman

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By Chris Sardelli

Christopher Sardelli
Police have found a missing Lancaster woman unharmed, days after she reportedly made a disturbing phone call.
Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant said officers located Clydie Snipes Putnam, 55, on Thursday, May 9. Putnam was last heard from on Tuesday after making a phone call stating she was going to take her life, Grant said.
In a police department press release sent Thursday afternoon, Grant said Putnam had been found “alive and well.”
“Thanks to all that assisted in getting the word out,” Grant said.
Officers began searching for the woman after speaking with a man who reported an unsettling phone conversation he had with her Tuesday.
The man told officers that Putnam was upset and threatened her own life, so he tried to console her, but she soon hung up the phone, the report said.
With officers not sure where to look, Putnam’s information was entered into the National Criminal Information Center database, where she was listed as “missing/endangered.”
The last time police had a general location for Putnam was about 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Grant said, when officers “pinged” her cellphone and noticed it was in Rock Hill. Working with the York County Sheriff’s Office, authorities searched that general area twice, but did not find her.
Hopes were high again Thursday morning after the police department received a tip that someone had seen Putnam at a local convenience store, though the information did not pan out, Grant said.
“It was disheartening because we thought at least we’d see her on video and see that she’s OK, but we can’t find anything,” Grant said a few hours before Putnam was found unharmed.

Contact reporter Chris Sardelli at (803) 416-8416