84-Year-Old Woman Disappears; Family Asks Public’s Help

Betty Iannarelli Suffers From Alzheimer's, Last Seen Thursday In Irvington, N.Y.

IRVINGTON, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Where is she?

On Friday, the family of a missing 84-year-old woman who suffers from Alzheimer’s made a desperate plea for help.

Betty Iannarelli has been missing from the home she shares with daughter Donna Fusco since late Thursday night, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

“She’s probably dehydrated. And I’m sure she’s so confused. She doesn’t know where she is,” Fusco said, fighting through tears. “So if anybody has any … Get the message please! Please don’t overlook her!”

Fusco’s brother, Robert, drove in from Massachusetts. Betty’s other daughter, Debra Iannarelli, lives across the street.

“And I am just asking everybody’s help. Please! Don’t hurt her! Don’t harm her! Please, just return her!” Debra said.

Betty Iannarelli is about 5-foot-4 and was last seen wearing an aqua-blue terrycloth dress and sandals. Irvington Police are conducting a thorough search with the assistance of police in neighboring towns, as well as the Westchester County Police and New York State Troopers.

“It was around 10 p.m. that they went to bed. And they thought everybody was in, secure for the night. But, apparently, when one of them woke up around 2-3 o’clock, they noticed she was missing,” Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone said.

Dobbs Ferry Harbor Patrol has cruised the Hudson River shoreline. Steps that she would take have been traced and retraced.

Donna Fusco said through sobs the situation has been “very … extremely hard” on her and the rest of her family. Betty’s children said their mom is very friendly. And if you say “Betty” she’ll stop. Then, they said, please call the police.

The family said Betty wandered off two weeks ago, but was found about a half hour later at a deli up the block.

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  1. Jane Smith says:

    I PRAY EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY FOR THE SAFE RETURN OF BETTY!!! THE KIDS NEED HER NOW!! GOD BLESS DEBBIE FOR ALL SHE’S DOING TO TRY TO GET THE WORD OUT THERE!!! THIS IS SUCH A NIGHTMARE!!THE KIDS DON’T DESERVE THIS. I LOVE U ALL AUNT JANE, BETTY ‘S SISTER-IN-LAW.

  2. Shamailee says:

    I know what it’s like to have someone you love suffer from Alzheimer’s. My grandmother may she rest in peace. I pray dearly that God brings Betty home safe & sound to her family. I pray for Betty & her entire family for Betty’s safe return home.

  3. Carmen says:

    I hope she is home and safe in her bed real soon. My prayers go out to Betty and family.

  4. kendra says:

    i am also praying for bettys safe return home cause i would hate to see anything happen to her cause she is vulnerable cause she has alzheimer and my grandmother suffered from dementia for a long time before she died so i know just how they feel with her memory not the same anymore.

  5. Summer says:

    I’m praying, praying, praying for Betty’s safe return…. I saw her daughter Donna on the news, and it broke my heart to witness her grief. My mother suffers from the same disease, and my heart and prayers are with Betty, donna and their family. If you read this post, please say a quick prayer for these desperately heart-broken people. Thank you very much. God bless.

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