The Lafayette Police Department found the body of a 61-year-old female, on Wednesday morning, February 17, around 11:30 a.m., after she had been reported missing the previous Friday.
The family of the Macon County woman, identified as Patsy Gail Bates, contacted the LPD on Friday, February the 12 reporting that Mrs. Bates was last seen around 10:30 p.m. on Thursday night the 11th. Officer Garrett Flatt was dispatched to an apartment on Freeman Street to fill out a missing person’s report, and an investigation immediately ensued.
“We began going from door to door and spoke with several different individuals in the next few days,” said LPD Captain Ray Amalfitano, “and with no visible signs of the woman anywhere, Chief Jerry Dallas decided to organize a search party on Wednesday, February 17th, contacting the Lafayette Fire Department and Rescue Squad requesting their assistance.”
“I was already in town that morning,” noted Captain Amalfitano, “so around 11:00 a.m. I decided to go ahead and look around before the emergency personnel arrived. I preceded to the dead end where Freeman Street and Donoho connect, and after looking across the vast corn field, I turned and glanced at some out buildings on Donoho, noticing something purple in the snow. Walking closer, I located Mrs. Bates body near a telephone pole, and I immediately radioed Chief Dallas to come to the scene and he notified EMS of the situation.”
“At that point, her body was sent for an autopsy,” confirmed Chief Dallas, “and even though we are still awaiting results, there appeared to be no evidence of foul play.”
Funeral services for Patsy Gail Bates were conducted Saturday, February 20th, at 11:00 a.m. from the chapel of Alexander Funeral Home with Brother Stevie Reece officiating. Interment followed in the Lafayette City Cemetery.