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UPDATE: Police Find Missing Jamestown Woman Dead, Friends Say

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Jamestown Police say the search for Ruby Grenz, 78, came to an end at about 11:10 am Saturday when the rural fire chief found her body inside her car.

Scott Eddinger, Chief of Police, says the car was on the northwest outskirts of town. The van was in among similar colored construction equipment. Eddinger says the car was dead at the time Grenz was found but no information will be available on Carbon Monoxide levels until further investigation.

A cause of death has not yet been determined.

The Jamestown Police Department says they had an overwhelming show of support and help during their search. Eddinger says everyone in the community from the Postal Service to the Civil Air Patrol made a difference. He added a big 'thank you' to everyone who joined the effort.

Meanwhile, family members are making arrangements for Grenz's service.





People close to the search of the missing 78-year-old Jamestown woman, Ruby Grenz, say her body was found this morning. This post was added to the 'Prayers for Ruby Grenz' Facebook page Saturday.

"It is with a very heavy heart that I bring this news to you. They have found Ms. Ruby Grenz. She was located around the out skirts of town. Sadly, she did not survive. Thank you everyone for your prayers and kind words. I just spoke with Carla, one of Ruby's daughters and the family could use a lot of prayer. What brings us peace is knowing that she is in the warm embrace of our Heavenly Father. She is now laughing, smiling and holding her dear Gene's hand. I bet she even has her ruby red lipstick on   

If you would like to send cards please send them to The Family of Ruby Grenz: 1413 5th Ave South West Jamestown, ND 58401

We will post arrangements for the visitation as soon as we know.
This page will be open for encouraging words for the family.



Please stay with Valley News Live for updates on this story.





Police are sending planes up on Friday to help in the search of a missing Jamestown, North Dakota, woman. Four planes from the Civil Air Patrol and the Highway Patrol's plane will search northwest of Jamestown for 78-year-old Ruby Grenz.

Grenz hasn't been seen since Tuesday when she was leaving a beauty salon in town. Police Captain Gary Peterson says they got a tip that Grenz's minivan was seen near the fairgrounds on the northwest side of Jamestown Tuesday. He also says Fargo Police are now involved after a tip that her vehicle may have been spotted in Fargo.

Authorities also notified several agencies across the tri-state area about the missing woman. Peterson says they emailed everyone from postal drivers to school districts to fire departments in hopes of locating her.

Grenz drives a silver 2005 Dodge Caravan with North Dakota license plates HNW560.  Family members say she could be confused and disoriented because of the medication she's taking.

The assistance of the Civil Air Patrol's North Dakota Wing was requested by Jamestown Police Department on Thursday afternoon. The wing deployed 23 of its volunteers to the Jamestown Airport Friday morning, along with four Cessna search aircraft, one of which is equipped with a thermal imaging sensor.

In addition, two ground teams have been deployed to assist other ground searchers. The wing is providing staff to assist the police in using CAP resources. Area residents are asked to check their properties and buildings​ for the vehicle or Grenz.  If you have any information on Ruby Grenz, call the Jamestown police at 701-252-1000.


Tonight, an exclusive behind the scenes look into a missing person investigation. 78-year-old Ruby Grenz of Jamestown was last seen at a beauty salon on Tuesday. She was driving a 2005 silver Dodge Minivan, with North Dakota license plate number HNW560.

Valley News Teams Neil Carlson is in Jamestown, and takes us behind the scenes in the
search for Grenz.

Seventy-eight year old Ruby Grenz was last seen at 5 p.m. Tuesday, leaving the 2nd Avenue Beauty Salon on the north end of Jamestown.  She drove away in a silver dodge minivan and hasn't been seen since. Family members say she never showed up at her home on the south end of town.

Cpt. Gary Peterson, Jamestown Police: "We're out there to make every effort there is available to get a positive outcome of this whole situation."

on Thursday, Peterson organized a sweep of the entire City of Jamestown in the search for Grenz.  We can now take you behind the scenes to show you what goes into the planning of a missing person case.

Peterson organized patrolman, investigators, detectives, sheriff's deputies and even the animal warden to check every street and alley for Grenz and her vehicle, including a check of her personal life.

Sgt. Brian Miller, Jamestown Police: "He overheard her talking about withdrawing money from her checking or savings account."

Peterson says they've since learned that Grenz did not withdraw any money from her bank.

Cpt. Gary Peterson, Jamestown Police: "She likes to on her days off go the McDonalds for coffee and then go walk at the mall."

However, Peterson says they do know that Grenz may have been mentally confused by medications she was taking for a heart ailment. He says at this point there is nothing to indicate foul play.

Cpt. Gary Peterson: "We want to make sure that all the nooks and crannies and little extra parking spots are going to be checked.  They need to know that when they report something, that it's taken seriously and something is being done about it."

Grenz is 5'2″, 138 pounds, wears glasses with brown and blue frames, and was last seen wearing a rust-colored fleece Columbia coat, red sweater, and brown pants.

If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Ruby Grenz, you're asked to contact the Jamestown Police Department at 701-252-1000.

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