Silent woman turns up in Hutch, now jailed

HUTCHINSON, Kansas (AP) – A Texas woman who’s been aimlessly roaming Hutchinson for several weeks, refusing to talk and rebuffing offers of help, now at least has shelter at the county jail after being arrested for criminal trespass.

Police Sgt. Eric Buller told The Hutchinson News police have identified her as 52-year-old Theresa M. Thomas of Dallas. He says she arrived in the south-central Kansas city a month ago on a bus. She communicates only with an occasional note and has been “walking around like she was lost.”

Buller says the woman has taken a vow of silence and has turned down all offers of help.

She’s in the Reno County jail after being arrested Monday for trespassing. The judge entered a not guilty plea for her after she refused to answer questions. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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