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Friends, Family Puzzled Why Grass Valley Woman Went Missing

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GRASS VALLEY (CBS13) — A Silver Alert has been issued for a Grass Valley woman who’s been missing more than a week.

Loved ones knew something was wrong when the avid bowler, 74-year-old Wilma Barnhart, didn’t show up for a match.

They say Wilma is sharp as a tack and in good health. She hangs out with friends and bowls at least twice a week.

“This is way, way unusual for Wilma,” said Terry Kennedy at Prosperity Lanes.

The people at the alley handed out 300 flyers about her disappearance in one day.

She’s never missed a bowling match, but she’s been missing for more than a week now. =

“She’s apple pie,” said her godson Al Johnston, “She don’t drink, she don’t smoke, she don’t cuss, she goes bowling, she comes home.”

He’s one of dozens searching just about everywhere for Wilma. She never showed up at a friend’s on July 7. Police say she stopped at the Rite-Aid, got gas across the street and made one more stop.

At 1:20 p.m., police say Wilma took some money out of the ATM at the Bank of America on Church Street. Since then, nobody’s seen her, and her bank account hasn’t been touched.

Investigators say there’s no sign of foul play. Thinking she may have crashed, they searched all the roads in and out of town for her tan GMC Envoy, but nothing.

“Somebody grabbed her here at thia bank as far as I can tell, or she picked up a hitchhiker, I don’t know.”

Desperate and determined, loved ones vow to find her, praying it isn’t already too late.

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