A Rochester City School District teacher who had been missing for five days has been found alive by her husband and son while at the Walmart in Victor. Ellice Harding has been missing for five days. Messenger Post Media along with our news partner, News10NBC will continue to follow this developing story.
A Rochester City School District teacher who had been missing for five days has been found alive by her husband and son.
Fifty-three-year-old Ellice Harding had been missing since Friday. East Rochester Police say she was last seen getting off an RTS bus by Sears at Eastview Mall carrying a duffel bag. When she got to the mall, police say a camera caught her walking towards High Street before she disappeared.
Our news partner, News10NBC spoke with Harding's husband after he and their son found her at Walmart Tuesday morning.
"(We) walked into Walmart and as we pulled in, we saw a woman walking into the store," Greg Harding says. "And we were like wow, look how non-descript her description is. She's got the black duffel bag, the pants, and my son ran up to her and it was my wife. We have not caught a break on this, out of the camera angles everything else we couldn't find. And we walked into her in Walmart."
"They just happened to be here buying clothes at that time because the son needed some clean clothes," Trooper Mark O'Donnell says. "We're just happy that we found her alive and well."
Harding's husband says she was disoriented and thirsty, but her vitals were okay and she was taken to the hospital to be checked out.
East Rochester Police and State Police are meeting Tuesday to talk about the case.
Our news partner, News10NBC reports Ellice Harding’s husband and son were walking in the Victor Walmart this morning when they spotted her. There are reports that a woman was taken from Walmart in an ambulance this morning. Harding has been missing for five days. Law enforcement has yet to release or confirm any information. Messenger Post Media along with our news partner, News10NBC will continue to follow this developing story.
Multiple agencies continue searching for a 53-year-old missing Rochester teacher.
East Rochester Police Chief Steve Clancy says Ellice Harding was last seen getting off a RTS bus at 9:48 a.m. Friday at the Eastview Mall in Victor. Surveillance footage shows Harding walking from Sears, along mall property on Rte. 96 towards High Street, before she went out of view of the camera.
Chief Clancy says taking the bus was out of the norm for Harding because she has a car. The chief says she left her car and cell phone at the Wilson Foundation Academy where she worked when she left there Friday.
Monday's search consists of about 50 people and includes air, ground, water and K-9 support.
According to a Facebook post by the Rochester Teachers Association, Harding's daughter says her mother spent a lot of time at Powder Mills Park in Pittsford. Search parties spent the day there Sunday but did not find any sign of Harding.
Harding lives in East Rochester. She is approximately 5'1" and 110 lbs. Police say she was last seen wearing a black coat, a white/grey and purple cardigan with black pants.
Chief Clancy says Harding was carrying a duffel bag when she was last seen.
If you have any information on Harding's whereabouts, investigators ask that you call 911.
The search continues for missing Wilson Foundation Academy teacher Ellice Harding, with police now saying that her last known whereabouts were at Eastview Mall on Friday.
According to the East Rochester Police Department, they now believe the 53-year-old speech teacher got off the bus at the mall around 9:46 a.m.
It was known on Saturday that Harding had left Wilson Academy around 8:28 a.m. on Friday and that she had gotten on the bus at West Main and Henion around 8:40 a.m., but where she had gone had not been known until now.
According to police, they are now working with mall security, the Ontario County Sheriff's Department, and the New York State Police to try and find more leads.
Harding, who police say had only limited ties to the City of Rochester and did not have a cell phone with her, was wearing a black coat, a white/grey/purple cardigan sweat, and black pants. She has brown hair, hazel eyes, and glasses. Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call 911.