Confused woman missing after wandering away from home

Last updated: October 19, 2013 - 7:44pm


A photo of Judy Patterson, who wandered off from her daughter's home on East Front Street either late Friday or early Saturday. (Photo provided by family)

BERWICK — A 71-year-old woman who’d been showing sings of confusion or possible dementia wandered off from an East Front Street home late Friday night and had not been seen since, family members say.

Judy Patterson has been staying with her daughter, Neta Hartig, at 132 East Front St., while the family gets Patterson medical attention to find out what’s been causing her recent confusion, Hartig said.

Hartig awoke around 9 a.m. Saturday to find her mother missing, police said.

She was last seen in her bedroom around 10:30 p.m. Friday. Family and friends have been out looking for her, but had not found her as of 7 p.m. Saturday.
Police officers canvassed the area on foot Saturday, also to no avail, the borough department said.

Patterson, who has suffered from some mental illness in the past, is not carrying a phone, purse, ID or money that the family knows of, her daughter said.

Patterson is 5-foot-2, 170 pounds, with brown eyes and short reddish-brown hair, police say. She is likely wearing jeans, a dark brown zip-up fleece, white New Balance tennis shoes and may be using a cane.

Anyone who sees her should call Berwick Police at 570-784-6300. The family says they may also be contacted at 516-320-0340.

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