(07/31/2009)
A 60-year-old woman from Calhoun County, West Virginia has been found at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland Ohio after her family reported her missing late Sunday, when she walked out of a psychiatric evaluation at the Cleveland Clinic.

Jeanette Ashby's family didn't know where she was until yesterday, according to Cleveland newspapers.

Ashby had not taken her medication for several weeks, and she left the Cleveland Clinic without medication, identification or money, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Her relatives phone numbers were in the purse that she left behind.

Ashby's son, Tony Ashby, took her to the Clinic Sunday, "due to her deteriorating mental state," according to daughter Evon Ashby.

"She has suicidal tendencies and is prone to violent behavior when without her medication for too long," she said.

Ashby went into an examination room. Tony Ashby waited for an hour, then asked about her. He was told that Ashby refused to cooperate and left the building leaving her son holding her purse.

Clinic police searched for two hours and Cleveland police were notified at midnight.

The Clinic, contacted by a Cleveland reporter, learned that Ashby had been admitted to MetroHealth.

"We are so grateful she is under supervision and on her way to getting stabilized," said a family member.

Last October, Ashby created a disturbance while appearing before magistrate Teresa Robinson in Grantsville, reportedly in an effort to bond out of Central Regional Jail.

The loud verbal outburst was linked to her arrest on October 1st by Grantsville police chief Charles Stephens.

Magistrate Robinson, after several efforts to conduct the hearing, reportedly ordered Ashby back to Central Regional Jail to conduct the hearing by teleconferencing.

Ashby, according to court records, was facing misdemeanor and felony charges related to illegally obtaining a prescription for Vicodin at Grantsville's Rite-Aid drugstore.

The incident is related to a series of counter-charges between Ashby and her former boyfriend Michael Martin. The Vicodin prescription, according to the record, belonged to Martin.

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