Florida woman with mental disabilities missing in Marion County, family says

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Missing mentally challenged woman

The search continues for a missing Marion County woman who is mentally challenged, according to her family.

A Marion County family is anxiously awaiting news of a young woman who has been missing since late Sunday night.

Alisha Rimas’ parents say she has never been missing before and have no idea where she could be.

They last saw her at around 10.30pm on Sunday at her home. When they woke up Monday morning, they noticed she had left with her dog. Although Alisha is 25, her parents say she is autistic and has the mental capacity of a 9-year-old, leading them to believe she is in desperate need of help.

“I just want to find her … I want to get her back home safe,” said her mother, Rhonda Rimas. “If anyone knows where she is, please call the police or the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.”

Investigators share the family’s concerns.

“This is a woman who looks like a woman but has the mental capacity of a child, so if anyone sees her, please let us know because she needs our help,” said Valerie Strong of the county Sheriff’s Office Marion.

Deputies are actively searching for Alisha. She is believed to be with her dog and was last seen wearing jean shorts and tennis shoes. If anyone has information on her whereabouts, please call 911.