NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police are searching for a 96-year-old woman who walked out of a Bronx nursing home without anyone noticing, CBS 2 reported.
Jessie Thompson was last seen around 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Jewish Home Lifecare Nursing Home on West Kingsbridge Road in Bedford Park, police said.
Tompson apparently packed her bag, got dressed, hit the door and was seen at a bus stop across the street, CBS 2’s Lou Young reported.
She was wearing a black jacket, brown pants and a black hat with white flowers. She is 5 feet, 4 inches tall and 120 pounds.
“She has a diagnosis of dementia, but at this time she is alert and oriented,” Rita Morgan, the nursing home’s manager, said. “Her judgment was a little off. She wanted to go to Manhattan.”
Police in the Bronx were peppering businesses along West Kingsbridge Road with posters of the missing woman, Young reported.
The woman was first brought to the nursing home in December after being found disoriented on a subway.
CBS 2 has learned that she lived in the South Bronx on East 168th Street some time ago, but no one in her former building remembers her.
The relatives of other residents at the nursing home said they are shocked she was able to walk out so easily.
“They’re supposed to have alarms on people that wander who have those sort of problems,” one woman, Norma, told Young.
Investigators Monday night were trying to piece together the portions of Thompson’s life to try to determine where she went. Her only living relative is a cousin in South Carolina, who authorities said has not been much help.
Meanwhile, state Department of Health investigators have been trying to figure out why Thompson was not more closely monitored.
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