On Saturday night a week ago, a Henry County officer on DUI patrol stopped a swerving car. Instead of a drunk, he encountered an elderly Atlanta woman lost and looking for home some 13 miles to the north. The officer gave her directions and sent 72-year-old Lucilla Harris on her way.
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Saturday Nov. 23, 11: 38 p.m.: Lucilla Harris, 72, is observed swerving on East Fairview Road in Henry County and is pulled over by police. Harris explains she is trying to drive to Atlanta. The officer gives her directions and sends her on her way.
Nov. 24, 3:41 a.m.: A home surveillance camera on Breezewood Court in Stockbridge captures Harris walking outside the home. She is seen walking across the back deck toward the door, then back across the deck. She appears to be wearing a nightgown with a coat.
Nov. 25, 3:36 p.m.: Harris’ niece calls 911 to report Harris missing. An APD officer responds to Harris’ Granger Drive home and begins an investigation. The niece does not have a key to the home and a locksmith is called to allow the officer access.
Nov. 25, 3:47 p.m.: Harris’ 2005 Saturn is found abandoned in Henry County. Police run the tag through an online database called the Georgia Crime Information Center, but there is no information regarding the vehicle.
Nov. 25, 6:30 p.m.: Information regarding Harris and her vehicle are entered into the GCIS system.
Nov. 27, 8:16 p.m.: Atlanta Police issue a Mattie’s Call directing jurisdictions statewide to be on the lookout for the missing woman.
Nov. 29, 9:45 p.m.: Henry County Police announce that the Saturn found earlier in the week belongs to Harris. Officers search the area, but are unable to locate other signs of the woman. Atlanta officers are called to the scene to impound the car.
Nov. 30, 10:28 p.m.: Harris is found dead about 50 feet from where her car was discovered.
Dec. 2: The Henry County coroner concludes Harris likely died of exposure.