UPDATE: Richmond woman who vanished last month found safe

RICHMOND, Va. — Police say a Richmond woman who vanished last month has been found safe.

Gail Shelton, 45, was reported missing on July 15. Her family had been worried because she requires daily insulin shots and walks with a limp.

“With the assistance of another police agency, Shelton has been safely located and detectives have verified that she is not in any danger,” Richmond police wrote in a news release Friday.

Mail had piled up outside of Shelton’s Gas Light Square apartment on Chamberlayne Avenue and a notice was posted on the apartment door that indicated Shelton was behind on her July rent.

Gail Shelton missing since July 15.

Gail Shelton missing since July 15.

Her disappearance has puzzled apartment property manager Jim Bartholomew.

“You don’t really hear anything from her or anything like that,” he said. “So, there’s nothing really that stands out about her you know as far as good or bad.”

Shelton’s family showed up to her apartment building to look for her, Bartholomew said. He indicated Shelton’s family had not heard from her in a couple of weeks. They grew worried and called police.

“After all of this came to pass, I went over there and I kind of looked around,” Bartholomew said. “It looks more like she went out the door for a couple of minutes or whatever.  Her purse is still sitting on her bed.”

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