Two Local Missing Person Cases Causing Concern for Police and Family.

December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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December 6, 2012 Updated Dec 6, 2012 at 9:39 PM EDT


LANCASTER & BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) One week ago, 57-year Lynn Hewitt disappeared from St. Elizabeth's Adult Home in the Village of Lancaster.

Lancaster Police Detectives put in hundreds of man-hours looking for her, but even after conducting air and ground searches, interviewing family and friends, and checking local security camera video - there is still no sign of the missing woman.

Lynn Hewitt suffers from health problems including dementia, and that has police very concerned about her welfare.

"Any shred of information, we try to follow up on it," said Lancaster Police Detective Keith Kerl.

This week, Lancaster Police are planning to organize another search effort utilizing volunteer firemen.

Another missing person case that is causing a Buffalo family much worry concerns the disappearance of 14-year old Tahjma Lynch.

The teen was reported missing to Buffalo Police in October, and investigators think she may be a runaway.

"I don't know if she is dead or living," commented her 77-year old grandmother, Matha Bailey.

Her mother tells Eyewitness news that the teenage girl was a troubled youth who had been through the court system and spent time in local facilities for 'Persons in Need of Supervision.' (PINS)

"I think she got in with the wrong crowd of people," added her grandmother.

While family members expressed frustration with police for not being able to find Tahjma, the reality is she is part of a big problem that law enforcement and social agencies deal with on a regular basis.

Every year in Erie County, 2,000 young people become runaways or homeless.

In a majority of cases, problems at home push the youth onto the streets were life can be very dangerous.

"It is very likely that you'll turn to prostitution or crime within three days of running away . . . and that is a staggering statistic," added Executive Director of Compass House, Lisa Freeman.

Anyone with information about Lynn Hewitt is asked to call Lancaster Police at 716-683-2800.

Anyone with information about Tahjma Lynch is asked to call the Buffalo Police Confidential Tip Line at 716-847-2255.