Woman found padlocked Joplin motel room

Police are looking for the woman's daughter
Joplin Police Department

JOPLIN, Mo. – A Joplin motel manager finds a disabled woman padlocked in a room that was supposed to be vacant. Authorities are looking for the daughter of the woman, but are not seeking charges at this time.

The Joplin Police Department confirms that, on Tuesday night, a manager of the Sunrise Inn noticed a guest room door was padlocked. No one had checked into that room for the night, but after breaking off the lock, the manager found a woman in bed. The 61-year-old double amputee had been sleeping, but woke up.

The Joplin Police Department confirms that the woman says she had no idea she was padlocked in the room. The 61-year-old hadn’t seen her daughter since that morning and didn’t know where she may be.

She says they had been moving from hotel to hotel after her daughter recently removed her from a nursing home in Miami, Oklahoma.

Police have not located the daughter yet. They’re not releasing any names and are not seeking any charges at this point.

Police confirm the woman had no food or water left with her in the room. Medical workers are caring for her at Mercy Hospital Joplin. By law, those found gravely disabled are put on a 96-hour hold.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.