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Monday, October 17, 2016

Nancy Paulikas is missing

My wife Nancy Paulikas developed early-onset Alzheimer's Disease and has been losing cognitive functioning for the last 2 years.   She has lost a great deal of her verbal abilities along with a great deal of other capabilities.  She is currently functioning at around the level of a 5 year old, in many ways. We have a support group of friends and relatives that have been very supportive of Nancy during this set of challenges.

On Saturday, 15 October visiting family members and I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, or LACMA, with Nancy.   At the end of our tour of some museum exhibits we stopped at the restrooms in the crowded exhibition hall and in the confusion of the crowd we lost track of Nancy when she came out of the bathroom.   We searched the local area looking for Nancy, then alerted the museum staff who put out the information to the security.   All searched for her and security said they identified her on a security camera leaving the bathroom and walking away.

I contacted the local police.  I went driving around with my sister looking for her, so the original police report was given by my sister in-law.

The police got right on it and had an air (helicopter) search, and later a block by block search.

All to no avail.  They also contacted local hospitals and other police departments in the area.
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25 comments:

  1. Heartbreaking story. Wish I could do something to help but will keep a look out in the local area. Bless you and your family and hoping for the safe return of your wife.

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    1. Thank you so much! Please spread the word and keep your eyes open!

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  2. Is there a homeless community or shelter in the area?
    I would look there. I will keep her in my thoughts.

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  3. I had see somebody very similar to tha lady on the picture , under the brige On Manchester ave.
    Between Broadway and Figueroa In los Angeles they call silver line station by western dental clinic

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    1. Thank you for this. We'll follow up tomorrow with a team looking downtown!

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    2. We checked this early this AM and did not find Nancy. Please keep looking!

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  4. If I can help by making calls, etc. from CO, please let me know. Praying for Nancy's safe return. - Pink

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  5. Praying for Nancy's safe return. If I can help by making calls, etc. please let me know - Pink

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  6. This is so sad. I hope she's okay.

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  7. I would ask LACMA and the La Brea Tar Pits to do a very thorough search of the premises, if they haven't already. They should check areas they would not expect a visitor to normally go. They should search every square inch. There was a woman a while back who went missing from a hospital in San Francisco. She had become locked in a stairwell that was never used.

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  8. Praying from Temecula for her safety and that she is found soon...I've shared the post for my L. A. Friends to be on the lookout.

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  9. I used to work across from LACMA...easy access to parking garages and stairwells. Please check them all..

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  10. Prayers to you and your family. I am a librarian for County of LA and will pass the word. You will find her. Hope and prayers

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  11. Kirk, I am available to help on friday after 12 noon through Sunday night. Let me know how I can help.
    Colleen

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  12. i'm glad to have seen this. i ran into a woman tonight with dementia at the grove and wouldn't let her leave because of it. she was sweet, i thought about nancy, andogot her the help she needed. i hope she gets found soon, i run around the neighborhood often, I will keep my eyes open for your family.

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  13. Hi - Ran across this website that maybe helpful
    http://money.howstuffworks.com/economics/volunteer/opportunities/volunteer-for-missing-persons1.html

    Continued prayers for you all.

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  14. A friend posted this on Facebook. This is so terrifying. I am so sorry you are going through this. I will be on the lookout. Every set of eyes counts. I hope you find her. Your efforts are remarkable.

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  15. I posted Nancy's picture in my faceBook page , and I ask to all my Hispanish friends ,to please help .am hopping for a miracle to happen ...

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  16. Hire a detective immediately! That's what I would do.

    Best of luck, we'll keep a sharp eye out.

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    1. We've had a PI working the case since early on, thanks!

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  17. Can you get an Amber Alert issued if there wasn't one already?
    I just saw the ad in the LA Times. I hope you find her. She sounds like my sister who has PRIMARY PROGRESSIVE APHASIA and was diagnosed by Mario Mendez of UCLA. She says the I'm Stupid thing as well.
    Please check the psychiatric wards of the hospitals because the doctors mistake it for schizophrenia because she's in her mid 50s and they don't expect Alzheimer's or dementia (and then gave her 15x the dose of an anti psychotic because she couldn't communicate well--very scary for everyone involved.)
    Here's a list of where she was in 2015 https://lydiasftdhouse.com/2015/07/16/odyssey-lydias-busy-2015-schedule/ and she was in Silverlake Medical Center for about 3 weeks in spring 2016. Even with us as advocates, with her medical records and test results, we still encountered doctors who never heard of FTD and didn't know that she wasn't depressed, schizophrenic, etc.

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  18. I am so very sorry for your family. You are obviously doing all you can do. Just saw the flyer today at Venice Library and have posted to my Condo Association group on Facebook. You never know who might see her. My prayers to you that you will find her.

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  19. THOUGHT: since you recently retired from an aerospace company, do they know about this? All the folks who worked with you all these years would be happy to help and increase your bodies for better success. I'm sure you've thought about this, but just wanted to share......
    So many people are with you in so many ways.....you're certainly not alone.
    Richard/Westchester

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  20. I posted this message on our neighborhood watch. I am praying that Nancy is safe, and will return home. I can't imagine how her family is feeling. The Paulikas family are in my prayers.

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