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Plainfield woman still missing

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Several people are reporting they've seen a missing woman who suffers from Alzheimer's. There's still no sign of 76-year-old Cloris Mehmen.

Mehmen was reported missing Tuesday evening a little after 5 p.m. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a short sleeved shirt.

Crews were out in the heat looking for her yesterday and now today, but Mehmen is still missing.

These crews covering almost every inch of land and water near Cloris Mehmen's house.

While sightings were reported in Waterloo and Cedar Falls, these volunteers continue to look near her home in Bremer County.

Even other counties came in with every resource they have, including ATV's, boats, and even planes.

Day two of another grueling search.

"We've had over 140 volunteers who have come," said Red Cross Volunteer Lloyd Bradley. "40 different fire departments have been here."

Many of the volunteers don't know Mehmen, but came into town to offer anything they can.

Fire fighters, emergency responders, and community members all pouring in.

The Mehmen family says they are overwhelmed.

"We also want to acknowledge and express our gratitude to the literally hundreds of volunteers from across Northern Iowa who have dedicated their time and resources to this search," said the Mehmen family.

Today, the search focused on corn and bean fields.

A little less than a mile out from Cloris Mehmen's house, crews searched through cornfields. The fields so tall, hard to barely see anything.

These volunteers battling the heat for two days, and now they say they're battling the possibility of wild parsnip out in the fields.

People on the ground and State Patrol in the air have been looking over the vast fields.

Black Hawk County Sheriff's bringing their sonar equipment to look into a pond in Plainfield, trying to find any sign of Cloris Mehmen.

"Working with the Red Cross, I have worked all over the United States, and I have never seen a turn out like this," said Bradley. "Just everybody has been wonderful."

"We are blessed to be part of a wonderful community that has shown support for our family," said the Mehmen family. "And we appreciate the many thoughts and prayers. Cloris has so many neighbors and friends, we know they are also praying for her safe return."

Bremer County Sheriff Dan Pickett says they have to keep looking and will continue their search tomorrow.

He knows that a lot of the volunteers will have to go back to their jobs, which means the search will be on a much smaller scale.

If you have any information on Mehmen, or think you have seen her,  please contact the Bremer County Sheriff's Office at 319-352-5400, ext. 3

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