Remains found near I-295 & Commonwealth believed to be missing woman

Patricia Parkman, 85, had dementia, flew here from out of state, police say

By Brittany Muller - Reporter, Nick Jones - Digital producer, Erik Avanier - Reporter

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Human remains discovered near I-295 and Commonwealth Avenue are believed to be those of a missing 85-year-old woman, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office said Thursday.

According to police, Patricia Parkman, who was diagnosed with dementia, was from Philadelphia and traveled to Pensacola. From there, she flew to Atlanta and then to Jacksonville.

Parkman was reported missing on Wednesday. The Sheriff's Office on Thursday afternoon wrote in part:

Police said Parkman was staying at the Quality Inn and Suites on Commonwealth Avenue, and that’s where she was last seen on Monday. In her hotel room, police said they found her belongings, but they were not packed. She apparently left the hotel only with the clothes on her back, a purse and a cane.

According to a report, she has a niece in town, but didn’t tell anyone she was coming to Jacksonville. In the past, according to the report, she has taken an Amtrak from Jacksonville to South Carolina.

Foul play is not suspected in her death, police said.

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