Authorities are continuing their search for a 59-year-old woman in Gloucester, who was reported missing Sunday evening when guests for her Super Bowl party arrived and found she wasn’t home, according to police.
Abbie Flynn’s last known communication with friends or family was around 4 p.m. on Sunday when she told her son she might go for a walk, Gloucester Police Chief Edward Conley said during a Monday press conference.
“Abbie is known to be an avid hiker,” he said. “She is a wildlife enthusiast.”
Conley called the search for the resident of St. Louis Avenue “a very active investigation.”
Flynn was reported missing by her Super Bowl party guests when they arrived around 6 p.m. and found she wasn’t home.
“There was indication that she had been at home, that she had prepared for the party, but she was not there,” the chief said. “When she didn’t arrive after a little while, they called the Gloucester Police Department and reported her missing.”
The search began Sunday evening and continued through the night into Monday morning, with Coast Guard rescue crews helping to search the waterways around Gloucester, state police airwing searching from the air, and members of North Eastern Massachusetts Law Enforcement Council also assisting.
“We know because she was an avid outdoor enthusiast that we are searching both areas around the water and our wooded areas as well,” Conley said.
Flynn’s cellphone was found in her home, and the chief said there is an indication that she may have brought a jacket with her.
“Right now there’s no indication of foul play,” Conley said. “Right now we’re working primarily under the theory that she did what she said she was going to do, which was take a walk, go for a walk and perhaps either got lost or had a medical incident or something that rendered her incapacitated. And she hopefully is hunkered down somewhere and we just have to find her.”
Anyone with information is urged to contact Gloucester police at 978-283-1212.