04/05/14 8:08am
04/05/2014 8:08 AM
Jean Taber. Courtesy photo.

Jean Taber. Courtesy photo.

An elderly woman went missing in Riverside yesterday afternoon, and family members and friends are gathering at 9 a.m. sharp to try and find her.

Jean Taber, an 82-year-old who suffers from dementia, was walking her springer spaniel south on Route 104 near the mobile home park where she lives — Riverwoods — about 2 p.m. yesterday. She hasn’t been seen since.

She was wearing a black vest, black dress and family members say she may be in need of medical attention. She is white, and is listed at 5-foot-10, 110 pounds with red hair and hazel eyes. Her dog is white and tan-colored.

New York State Police is leading the investigation, and is expected to issue a statement shortly this morning.

Mark Norton, Ms. Taber’s grandson, said the family has been working with the state police and Long Island Search and Rescue to find Ms. Taber, and will be meeting at the mobile home park’s clubhouse at 9 a.m. to conduct a search for her.

04/02/14 9:25am
04/02/2014 9:25 AM

Update: The Riverhead man reported missing yesterday has been found in good health in Terryville early Wednesday, Riverhead police said.

Deavon Russell approached a Suffolk County 6th Precinct police officer after he had learned that he was reported missing. Mr. Russell told the officer that he was OK, police said.  (more…)

06/29/13 10:30am
06/29/2013 10:30 AM
FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday, family members said.

FAMILY COURTESY PHOTO | Patricia Kos Woods has been missing since Wednesday.

UPDATE: The missing Miller Place woman who was thought to possibly be on the North Fork was located Friday evening at a church in Middle Island, her sister, Cathy Danowski, posted on Facebook Saturday morning.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, had been missing since Wednesday. Police located her car at a church next to Cathedral Pines, a place she visited with her father when she was young, her sister said. Police found Ms. Woods inside.

Ms. Woods was taken to Stony Brook University Medical Center, her sister said.

“This is a miracle and a major relief to friends and family,” Ms. Danowski wrote on Facebook.

Ms. Woods suffers from depression and may have been disoriented from not taking her medication, Ms. Danowski said Friday.

Original Story:
The family of a missing woman with ties to the North Fork is asking for residents’ help in finding her.

Patricia Kos Woods, 53, of Miller Place was last seen Wednesday in the Miller Place area, driving a silver 2002 Ford Taurus with a dent in its front bumper near the passenger side, family members said.

Ms. Woods is described as 5-foot-7-inches tall, with medium length brown hair, brown eyes and was seen wearing a necklace with a cross and heart-shaped pendant, family said.

Ms. Woods, who has suffered from depression, may be disoriented because she hasn’t taken her medication since Wednesday, said her sister, Cathy Danowski.

Police were able to track signals from her cell phone when it was turned on and saw that she visited her old high school in Miller Place and a North Shore beach, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods’ father grew up in Cutchogue and family members believe she may attempt to go visit her grandparents’ former home as well, Ms. Danowski said.

“It looked like she was going to places that meant something to her,” she said, adding that Ms. Woods may also attempt to board the Orient ferry or visit her godmother in Jamesport.

She hasn’t taken money out of her bank account, Ms. Danowski said.

Ms. Woods went missing once before in November and was located 36 hours later after an ambulance volunteer who was treating her recognized her from her missing poster, Ms. Danowski said.

If you believe you’ve seen Ms. Woods, family members ask that you call police at 911, and to call 744-5225.

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