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Piedmont Woman 'No Longer Missing' but Police Won't Comment on Outcome

Jill Reese, 72, disappeared after driving away fro her Piedmont home about 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014.

Jill Reese, 72, of Piedmont. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Police Department.
Jill Reese, 72, of Piedmont. Photo courtesy of Piedmont Police Department.
A Piedmont Police Department spokesperson said this afternoon (Wednesday) that a missing person alert for a 72-year-old Piedmont woman has been cancelled, but he would not comment on whether the woman is safe or even alive.

Captain Scott Wyatt said that the disappearance of Jill Reese "is no longer a missing persons case."

Two Piedmont detectives assigned to the case, though, were still working with another, unidentified Bay Area police jurisdiction Wednesday morning and into the early afternoon.

According to the department's original alert, Reese was last seen leaving her home at about 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14. 

She was expected go to an appointment in Orinda and then return home by 5 p.m., but she never made it to the appointment and has not come home.

She is described as a white woman with blonde hair and blue eyes, standing about 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighing approximately 128 pounds, police said. 

Reese was driving a gray 2013 Lexus RX 350 with a California license plate of XPDNC2.

According to her LinkedIn profile, where she is listed as Jill Fritschi-Reese, she taught for nearly 39 years in local schools, including Kaiser Elementary School in Oakland, Havens Elementary School in Piedmont and the Head Royce School in Oakland.

She served on the state's California Commission on the Teaching Profession in the 1980s and is a member of several civic organizations, including the Piedmont Garden Club, the profile says.

Bay City News Service contributed to this report.

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