Missing Woman Found in Library

by ARLnow.com January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm 5,368 22 Comments

A 70-year-old woman who went missing on Jan. 2 was found in Arlington Central Library last night, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Buckingham resident Julienne Erisnor, 70, was located just hours after Arlington County Police issued a press release asking for the public’s help in finding her. Quick-thinking library staffers spotted Erisnor in Arlington Central Library (1015 N. Quincy Street) and immediately called police, we’re told.

Police came to the library and Ms. Erisnor was reunited with her daughter.

  • CW

    Ok, now that she’s been found safe, I don’t feel bad asking this – what in the world was with the phrasing “Missing Adult” in yesterday’s story? Never heard those two words next to each other in my life.

    • Roycroft

      Dementia most likely.

      • drax

        War and Peace can take weeks to read.

    • SouthArlJD

      Nothing unusual about it. I’ve seen the phrase plenty of times.

    • thecharlesriver

      Huh? I don’t understand your issue with those two words. Quite strange. When an adult is missing you can’t say missing adult?

      • CW

        Why would you not say “man” or “woman”? It is no harder to say and provides the reader with descriptive information, which useful when, you know, someone is missing.

  • drax
    • CW

      Google results:

      “missing adult” – 436,000
      “missing person” – 5,500,000
      “missing woman” – 2,470,000
      “missing man” – 2,630,000

      So it is an order of magnitude less common, which substantiates my curiosity about the choice of phrasing. When the whole point of the story is to FIND a person who is missing, for which a DESCRIPTION could be useful, why would one elect to remove from the headline a piece of describing information?

  • Chris too

    The tweet the Arlington Library sent out about this says that library personnel knew to call the police because of the story/picture on ArlNow.

  • Arliz

    What great news! Kudos to the library staff!

  • Ted Smith

    Glad they found her and all. Guess that regular medication was not all that critical huh.

    • drax

      It might have been for Alzheimer’s or dementia or whatever, which would be why she couldn’t find her way home.

      • Done and Done

        Yes, that could explain that. What still hasn’t been explained is how she was “missing” since January 2nd but that no press release/alert was issued until the 12th. She couldn’t have been in the library day and night for 10 days. . .

        • KalashniKEV

          She snuck off to Vegas with her boyfriend and eloped.

  • TGEoA

    Have you seen my baseball?

    • Rebecca


  • othersideoftheriver

    Was she in the library the whole time?

    • drax

      I guess you could say she was overdue.

    • Andrew

      I hope not. One would hope the librarians make sure no one is there before they lock up!

  • Arlgirl

    She has gone missing before in 2008. If you google her name several previous posts about similar experiences appear.

    • Nancy Bailey

      Some years ago I had a boyfriend who was a library “monitor,” a glorified guard. He said that a lot of homeless people hung out in the library all day and were tacitly allowed to do this as long as they didn’t disturb the other patrons. But at closing he had to search the place and make sure everybody was out. I imagine things are pretty much the same now as far as clearing the library. He was a kindhearted soul and really hated sending people out into the night.

  • jomon

    That’s great, the library was open.


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