Missing Rochester teacher found safe in Victor Walmart

June 26, 2018 11:18 AM

UPDATE (7:35 a.m.):

A Rochester teacher who has been missing for 5 days has been found alive.


Ellice Harding's husband tells News10NBC that he and their son just happened to be walking in the Walmart in Victor this morning when they spotted her.

Stay with News10NBC on-air and online for updates on this developing story.


It's now been five days since a Rochester teacher disappeared, and investigators still don't know what happened to her.

Fifty-three-year-old Ellice Harding hasn't been seen since Friday when she was spotted at Eastview Mall in Victor.

East Rochester Police say Harding, a teacher at the Wilson Foundation Academy, was last seen at 9:48 a.m. Friday getting off an RTS bus by Sears carrying a duffel bag. Police do not know what was in the bag, but they do not believe she had packed any extra clothes. She also left her car and phone at the school.

When she got to the mall, police say cameras caught her walking towards High Street before she disappeared out of view for good.

"We don't have anything along 96 that would indicate she continued to walk that way as of yet," East Rochester Police Chief Steve Clancy says. "I mean there's a lot of variables, obviously that could happen. Could she have been picked up? I guess that's a possibility."

Police will continue searching for Harding on Tuesday to follow up on any leads and check additional areas nearby, but it's not clear when exactly the search will resume.

Harding lives in East Rochester. She is approximately 5'1" and 110 lbs. Police say she was last seen wearing a black coat, a white/grey and purple cardigan with black pants. 

if you have any information on Harding's whereabouts, you are asked to call 911.


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