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Missing woman found within hours

Authorities find 59-year-old with Alzheimer's disease, communication issues

A woman with Alzheimer's disease who went missing Tuesday morning was found by a resident in Palo Alto later in the day, police said.

Ning Du, 59, was last seen exiting the Goodwill of Silicon Valley store at 4085 El Camino Way around 11:30 a.m., police said on Facebook. She was described as an Asian woman who's 5 feet 6 inches tall, about 130 pounds and has short, black hair, police Sgt. Brian Philip said. Du was last seen in an orange The North Face-brand jacket and black pants.

The 59-year-old was found safe by a resident in Palo Alto and has been reunited with her family, police said on Twitter shortly after 7 p.m.

Du has Alzheimer's disease and has problems with communicating, according to police. She is originally from Palo Alto but wouldn't know anyone who currently lives in the city, according to Philip.

She was likely on foot and didn't have any possessions with her, Philip said.

Area law enforcement agencies assisted Palo Alto police in their search for Du. They looked for her at major areas in the city including transportation hubs, Philip said.

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4 people like this
Posted by Ssrah1000
a resident of Los Altos
on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

Thank you PA Online for alerting the community and do the Good Samaritan for getting involved. A great resolution.


5 people like this
Posted by Huh?
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 1, 2017 at 12:20 am

Why are her irresponsible relatives allowing her to aimlessly go out in public? They aren't taking care of her? She should be in a nursing home, not home alone. What a waste of the public's time.


1 person likes this
Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 2, 2017 at 4:55 pm

Posted by Huh?, a resident of Crescent Park, on Dec 1, 2017 at 12:20 am, wrote:

"Why are her irresponsible relatives allowing her to aimlessly go out in public? They aren't taking care of her? She should be in a nursing home, not home alone. What a waste of the public's time."

There is an interesting CBC documentary regarding Alzheimer's featuring David Suzuki that was recently re-released on Netflix. Here is an article about it:

Web Link

The documentary is a few years old, but, it is still a pretty good introduction for people who are unfamiliar with the condition.


3 people like this
Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 4, 2017 at 7:52 am

Another thing about the Palo Alto Police Department
is they really take issues like this seriously.

Our family thanks PAPD again for being fast,
professional and polite, they do a fantastic job
and almost always seem to exceed expections.

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Please get a clue, Huh?. A lot of people that have
not grown up or had to experience real life just
seem to get off making callous comments about things
they have no idea about. I could go on at length
about these issues that I myself had no idea about
at one time, but somehow I think it would be wasted
on Huh?.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 4, 2017 at 7:54 am

- Just to be clear, our experience was some time ago, but I have seen and heard
other comments from Palo Alto families about this as well.


9 people like this
Posted by Experience
a resident of Palo Verde
on Dec 4, 2017 at 8:08 am

Until you live with someone who has had a form of dementia, it is impossible to really understand how difficult for the family living with someone with this condition actually is.

These patients living with family just cannot be left on their own ever. Even during the night it is possible that they can find their way out. Leaving a young teenager with a dementia grandparent is not a good idea. Taking a bathroom visit is not a good idea. Taking them on a simple outing may seem like a good idea, but just like a toddler who is able to bolt out of sight in a busy store, a fit dementia individual can be out of sight very quickly.

I wish the family as much help and assistance they need.


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