Claremont woman found safe after 7 hour search

The search for a missing 76-year-old Claremont woman came to a happy conclusion Monday night.

Emily Christensen was located at USC Medical Center around 9:30 p.m. She remained in the hospital Monday night for observation, according to Lieutenant Mike Ciszek of the Claremont Police Department.  

Ms. Christensen, who reportedly suffered from Alzheimer’s, was found about 3 miles away from her home near the railroad tracks at Reservoir and First Streets in Pomona. Police received a medical call around 5:30 p.m. regarding a pedestrian that had possibly been struck by a train, according to Pomona Watch Commander Sergeant Duane Leonard. Both the Pomona Police and Los Angeles County Fire Departments responded to the scene.

Ms. Christensen had no serious ailments other than minor injury to her arm. Despite not showing life-threatening injuries, the fire department decided to take precautionary measures and airlifted her to USC for medical attention.

Claremont Police were contacted Monday night after Ms. Christensen was identified through a billing statement found in her possession, according to Claremont Watch Commander Sergeant Jason Walters.

The search for Ms. Christensen began around 2:30 p.m. Monday afternoon after police were notified that she had wandered away from her home in the 100 block of East Arrow Highway.

She was last seen by her husband John around noon that day. The couple had been sitting on the couch together when Mr. Christensen got up to go to the restroom. When her returned his wife had vanished.

“There was no reason for her to have gone,” Mr. Christensen explained. “I have never had this problem with her before.”
Police in both Montclair and Upland were notified of the disappearance. Search helicopters on loan from the city of Ontario circled the area throughout the afternoon to no avail. Locals throughout the city joined in the search by foot.

Despite the arm injury, Ms. Christensen was reportedly doing fine as of Monday night, police noted. 

—Beth Hartnett

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