ATLANTA -- An Atlanta family spent their Thanksgiving searching for a missing relative.

Lucilla Harris has been missing since last Saturday. She is 72 years old, and relatives say she has bouts of dementia.

As she has for the last several days now, her niece Chilinda Willis was back driving through her old northwest Atlanta neighborhood.

It's the community where she grew up, with Harris helping to raise her. She describes her aunt as a second mom.

Now, she is in a race against time. Harris hasn't been seen for nearly a week, and each passing hour brings the family greater reason to worry.

"She's never been gone more than a couple of hours," Willis said of her aunt. "I can always pick up the phone and call her. She's 72. She doesn't like to be out after dark; she doesn't like to be out in the rain; she doesn't like to be out when it's really cold. So for her to be gone for this long is very unusual."

Harris may be driving her 2005 Saturn Ion. It has minor damage to the driver's side fender. The Georgia tag is AVH 3948.

Willis says Harris suffers from high blood pressure and what may be worsening episodes of dementia.

"I believe the medication is with her because we did gain entry into her home, and we did not find her purse," said Willis. "And she's the kind of person who keeps all of her medications bills in her purse."

Harris has not been known to travel far from her home, and that's what has her family concerned.

"And it's just not like her," Willis said. "She doesn't stay away from home overnight. She's always back home by the time it's dark, especially in the winter time. She doesn't like to roam out by herself."

Police have also been looking for Harris and her car, but so far there areno solid leads.

If you think you've seen her, please call 911.

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