FOUND: Missing 73-year-old woman returns to family


UPDATE (10:40 p.m.): The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said Leda Belle was found in the Oildale area and has returned to her family.

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Kern County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding a women who went missing in the Oildale area.

Leda Belle Branthoover, 73, was reported missing over the weekend. Officials say she was last seen at her home on Saturday night at 9:30 p.m.

KCSO says Branthoover is mentally handicapped and has the mental capacity of a 5-year-old. 

Branthoover is described as a female, 5’10” to 6’00” tall, weighing approximately 200 pounds; she has gray hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a teal jacket, black pants and unknown type shoes.

Anyone with information about Branthoover’s whereabouts is encouraged to call KCSO at 861-3110, case number 2018-00177605.

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