Lehigh Valley

Police: No new leads on missing Woodland Terrace woman

Audrey Penn has been missing since August 23

SALISBURY TWP., Pa. - The police chief in Salisbury Township, Lehigh County, reported Thursday that his department has no new credible or definitive leads on the whereabouts of a 79-year-old Allentown woman stricken with dementia who wandered away from her western Salisbury senior home on August 23. 

Police Chief Allen Stiles told township commissioners that his department has hit a roadblock on the mysterious disappearance of Audrey Penn, who lived at the Woodland Terrace at the Oaks senior living community located on South Cedar Crest Boulevard in the township.

Stiles replied to an inquiry on Penn's current whereabouts from Commissioner Joanne Ackerman, who commented on the very densely wooded areas located behind Lehigh Valley Hospital's Cedar Crest campus. 

The police chief said every kind and type of search was conducted in the entirety of western Salisbury Township, including public, private and police on-foot searches coupled with the use of scent-trained dogs and heat-sensing drones probing for any sign of life or remains.

Stiles said his officers have been in frequent contact with Penn's family members on a minimum weekly basis ever since the disappearance occurred, but said he's had no good or additional news to offer the distraught family members.

He encouraged anyone with any further pertinent information to contact his office as soon as possible.

In other matters, Adam Al-Khal, president and deputy chief of the Western Salisbury Volunteer Fire Dept., told commissioners the township' new $618,000 pumper fire truck will arrive Sept. 20 at the Swain station at 950. S. Ott St.

Custom-ordered a year ago from Merion Bodyworks of Merion, Wisc., the pumper's official name will be engine 3112, he said.

The new truck will be on display at the Ott Street fire station on Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of Salisbury's community day event planned for that Saturday.

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