Thursday, December 2, 2010

Police searching for missing TL woman

Police in Tupper Lake are seeking the public’s assistance in locating a 79-year-old woman reported missing Thursday morning.

Tupper Lake Village Police Officer Justin Perryman told WNBZ that family members of Helen Reandeau reported her missing around 11 a.m.

Helen’s daughter-in-law, Diane, says she was last seen by her son and daughter at a residence on King Street in the village of Tupper Lake at approximately 7:15 a.m.
Diane says she arrived at the home at about 9:15 a.m., and soon after friends and family members filed a missing persons report.

She adds that neighbors owning trained search and rescue dogs tracked Helen Reandeau in the direction of the Adirondack Medical Center Mercy Care facility on Wawbeek Avenue, but soon lost sight of her footprints.

Officer Perryman said Helen’s boots and coat were left inside the house. He notes that she also suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

“We’re looking for her around town right now, we’ve contacted various law enforcement agencies so they can look for her,” he said. “The family is also looking for her around town, at stores, friends’ homes, and family members’ homes.”

Perryman says most of the family is actively involved in the search, so it’s unlikely the missing woman is with a family member. He adds that Helen often goes for walks around town, but not during the winter.

Diane Reandeau says Helen often needs encouragement to leave the house in the winter.

“We ask that anyone who may have seen her contact us immediately,” she said.

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