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Dillingham woman missing after leaving Juneau treatment center in March

LoriDee Wilson's family has not heard from her since she was reported missing in late March from the Rainforest Recovery Center. 

A Dillingham woman has been missing in Juneau for nearly three months. The family of 30-year-old LoriDee Wilson has no information on her whereabouts, but continues to hope that she’ll be found alive.

Wilson went to Juneau in mid-March to get drug addiction treatment program at the Rainforest Recovery Center.

Wilson's older sister Gwen Larson says she last spoke to her younger sister on the phone on March 24th. At that point, Wilson had been at the hospital less than two weeks, but Larson says she seemed to be in a good state of mind during the phone call.

"And apparently that evening, she walked away," says Larson. "We got notified that she was no longer at her treatment center on 28th or 29th of March, and so my father went down that weekend, and stayed down there for a while looking for her."

The family reported Wilson as missing to the Juneau Police Department, and in early April, Larson also went down to Juneau to look.

She posted photos of her sister: 5-foot-4 and 130 pounds, with shoulder-length dark brown curly hair. Larson says there were several reported sightings of Wilson during that time, but she couldn’t confirm any of them.

"So I was constantly watching the bus routes, and I’d go to the store and just sit in the parking lot in hopes that I’d accidentally run into her. Because we don’t know what kind of state she’s in, if she’s okay, or… we just don’t know," said Larson.

To Larson's knowledge, Wilson doesn’t know anyone in Juneau outside the hospital, and she has not made contact with her friends, parents or three young sons back in Dillingham.

And, to add to her family’s concerns, Wilson is now overdue for a throat surgery that she gets each year due to a childhood accident that left her airway constricted.

"She hasn’t scheduled that yet, we talked to her doctor. And this is a thing she has to get every year, she has to have her throat dilated, for the last 20 years she’s had it done," explains Larson. "We’re worried for her that she could choke, because usually when it’s close to surgery time, she has to have soft foods."

Larson says the past few months have been difficult on the family, but they are holding out hope that Wilson is still alive.

"If she hears this, we love and care for her and we want her to call us," said Larson, "and her kids miss her."

If you have any information regarding LoriDee Wilson of Dillingham, call the Juneau Police Department at (907) 586-0600 or contact Gwen Larson at (907) 843-1412

This article has been corrected. An earlier version incorrectly identified the treatment center as Rainbow Recovery Center, rather than Rainforest Recovery Center.