NOBLESVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Noblesville police are searching for a missing woman, who's related to the 10-year-old girl who was abducted and found Tuesday night.
Family members told police that they have not seen or heard from 74-year-old Dorothy Heard since June 13. She is the great-grandmother of 10-year old Serena "Renie" Weicht, who was abducted Tuesday evening from Tipton but later found safe in Westfield
"We do not think the two cases are related right now," said Noblesville Police Department Lt. Bruce Barnes. "We think it is just a bizarre coincidence. But there is no way to be sure."
Heard is described as 5-foot-2, with gray hair and blue eyes. Family members say her disappearance is uncharacteristic of her.
Police found Heard's car still in the driveway of her home in the 1500 black of South 16th Street. Officials are not ruling out foul play.
"This is strange the way it all happened. We have to be honest and say anything could have happened," Barnes said.
Neighbors and police said the street where Heard lives is a safe place.
"We don't even lock our doors around here," one neighbor said.
Heard has five children, 15, grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Family members were visably upset when meeting with police Wednesday.
In a prepared statement released Wednesday, the family said: "To our loving mother, grandmother and aunt: We are praying for you. We are all waiting for your return to us. Don't give up hope."
Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Heard is urged to contact the Noblesville Police Department at 317-776-6371.
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