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Video Shows Missing 96-Year-Old Woman On Bus

Jessie Thompson On Bus

A surveillance image shows Jessie Thompson, 96, on an MTA bus in Harlem. Thompson has been missing from her Bronx nursing home since Sunday, May 4. (Credit: NYPD)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Police on Tuesday released two videos of a 96-year-old woman who has been missing since Sunday from her Bronx nursing home.

Jessie Thompson was last seen around 11:45 a.m. Sunday at the Jewish Home Lifecare Nursing Home at 100 W. Kingsbridge Rd. in Bedford Park, police said.

Thompson 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 Monday.

The videos released Tuesday showed Thompson getting onto an M100 bus around 1:15 p.m. Sunday at 125th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, and riding the bus afterward.

Thompson was last seen 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,” said Rita Morgan, the nursing home’s manager. “Her judgment was a little off. She wanted to go to Manhattan.”

Jessie Thompson (credit: NYPD)

Jessie Thompson (credit: NYPD)

Police in the Bronx were peppering businesses along West Kingsbridge Road with posters of the missing woman Monday, 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.

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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