D.C. police have issued an alert for an elderly woman from Southeast Washington who has been missing since the day after Christmas.

Police say 71-year-old Laura Townsend is a black female who weighs about 120 pounds and may be in need of medical attention. She has short gray dreadlocks and was last seen at 1 p.m. at her home in the 1800 block of Alabama Avenue SE.

Townsend was wearing jogging pants, black gloves and a Washington Redskins jacket. She also was wearing black and white eyeglasses. Police said Sunday that anyone with information should call the police at 202-727-9099 or 202-576-6768.