Woman missing after police drop her off at wrong shelter
— Post-Tribune October 18, 2012 6:30PM
Updated: October 18, 2012 6:30PM
A woman seeking refuge from problems at home disappeared Oct. 3 after police dropped her off outside a northwest Indiana shelter. “She has not been seen since,” Gary police Lt. Lawrence Wright told the Post-Tribune.
Holly Womax, also known as Holly Elischer, 30, was afraid of her husband, George Paul Elischer, 48.
Paul Elischer, sentenced in 1993 to six years in prison for felony battery, called Holly’s mother the night of Oct. 2 “and was threatening to kill her. I was so concerned I had the police go check,” Darlene Strickland of Georgia said.
The couple is divorced, but Elischer brought his ex-wife from Georgia to live with him in Gary last year, Strickland said. Her maiden name is Womax.
That night, she left her mobile home park near Ridge and Clark roads and slept in the lobby of the Gary Public Safety Facility.
Gary police arranged for Womax to stay at an area women’s shelter for victims of domestic violence. “She had a room,” Wright said.
But an officer instead took Womax to a women’s homeless shelter several blocks away where she was “dropped off.” He did not escort her inside the building.
Strickland said the shelter turned her away, forcing Womax to sleep in a structure near the Adam Benjamin Metro Center.
“The last I talked to her was Oct. 4. She was going to charge her phone. By this time she was scared. She didn’t know where she was,” Strickland said.
Womax is bipolar and needs medication. Elischer is the only person she knows in northwest Indiana, her mother said.
“It’s a desperate situation,” she said. Womax receives Social Security disability because her illness prevents her from working.
“We’re down here depending on Lt. Wright,” Strickland said.