Missing woman found at Nipomo home

2012-03-20T17:57:00Z Missing woman found at Nipomo home Santa Maria Times
March 20, 2012 5:57 pm

A Nipomo woman reported missing by her family more than a week ago was found safe about noon today.

San Luis Obispo County sheriff's detectives responding to a tip, located 69-year-old Dixie Collins Filinow at a private home in the 1000 block of Dakota Road in Nipomo.

Sheriff's detectives, patrol deputies and search and rescue units had been actively investigating her disappearance since she was reported missing by family members, who said she has a history of mental illness.

Filinow told investigators she had taken a voluntary leave from her home and family.

A Sheriff’s Department spokesman said residents at the Dakota Road home told investigators the landlord met Filinow at a local tavern on March 11.

Filinow allegedly identified herself as “Joyce” and told the landlord she was homeless, and the landlord arranged to provide her with room and board in exchange for housekeeping.

Sheriff's personnel took Filinow to her home, where she was reunited with her family.

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