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Missing Fayetteville woman found in S.C.

Posted December 18, 2008

— A Fayetteville woman missing for six weeks has been located in Columbia, S.C., police said Thursday.

A Columbia police officer picked up Theresa Blue, 63, on Nov. 8 after he spotted her wandering the downtown streets of South Carolina's capital. She has been in the custody of the local social services agency since then, police said.

She was found was a few blocks from a bus station in Columbia, Fayetteville Det. Jessica Navarro said. Blue had no identification or belongings.

"She was confused and very disoriented. She could not say her name or where she was from or any information initially," Navarro said.

Officials said Blue eventually said her name was Theresa McDonald, which is her maiden name.

Case worker Sandra Eskew worked with Blue in recent weeks and was finally able to gather enough information to determine her identity, police said. She called the Fayetteville Police Department on Wednesday to notify them of the situation, and an investigator and a victim advocate drove to Columbia to confirm the woman there was Blue, police said.

Blue, who is believed to suffer from Alzheimer's disease, left her home on Nov. 7 and was later seen trying to get food in a Fayetteville State University cafeteria, police said. Someone from the university took her to the Salvation Army shelter on Alexander Street, but she walked off when she was briefly left alone during processing, police said.

Blue is temporarily in the custody of the Social Services Department in South Carolina. Social Services officials plan test Blue for Alzheimer's disease.

Moses Blue searched for his wife for three days before walking to the police station – he doesn't have a car – to report her missing. Upon hearing his wife had been found, Moses Blue was very excited, Navarro said.

"He spoke to her today on the telephone and he's just very anxious to be reunited with her, especially during the holiday season," Navarro said.

Investigators are working with the Cumberland County Department of Social Services to find a place in Fayetteville for Theresa Blue to live that will ensure her safety and welfare, police said.


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  • White Eagle Dec 19, 2008

    I'm real glad the Mr. and Mrs. Blue will be together again for Christmas. While Mrs. Blue will probably not remember a thing, Mr. Blue will and will have a lot to deal with as her condition worsens. His devotion is true love. We should all be so lucky to have that kind of love.

    I know some will be upset by this suggestion but I think people with dementia or Alzheimer's should be implanted with a RFID (radio-frequency identification) chip so if they do wander away and are found (as Mrs. Blue was), they can be identified and reunited with their loved ones.

  • keeprightexcepttopass Dec 18, 2008

    Ladybug - Not all states in the Nation have a Silver Alert Program set up. I think Amber Alert is the only national alert line. This may be why SC was possibly unaware of her status.

  • bs101fly Dec 18, 2008

    heck of a stroll!

  • Chuck Fina Dec 18, 2008

    Wonderful news.

  • BEACH Dec 18, 2008

    The Lord is watching over this family, Thank goodness for that smart policeman in Columbia. I hope Cumberland Co gets off their duff and will help this older couple.I felt so sorry for her husband when he was on TV.
    Interested to see how she got to SC. My Mom had the same problem, and if you talk to them can figure it out, but even though they may have ALZ they are so smart sometimes it is hard to know that. MAY GOD BLESS THIS COUPLE!!!

  • dshell99 Dec 18, 2008

    alot of old folks are used to doing things on their own. they figure, if they made it this far, they'll be ok. this makes it harder to offer services to help them. and family dynamics can/do affect this as well. i'm glad we got a happy ending out of this story, tho. i just hate to see things like this happen, tho.....

  • pwilliamson53 Dec 18, 2008

    Glad for a happy ending. I hope that Mr & Mrs Blue can be together again soon. This man showed alot of love and concern for his wife. May God bless them with a safe and loving enviroment from now on. It seems they have fell through the cracks of society and needs a helping hand. There are good people in the world that came to the aid and didn't turn their heads and let this woman just keep wondering around. Thank you for a job well done.

  • uncalumni02 Dec 18, 2008

    So thankful for a happy ending!

  • 007KnightRider Dec 18, 2008

    I'm glad to hear she was found and ok!!

    raggy831 - I was thinking the same thing. Seems like they don't have family close by that can come and check in on them.

  • Ladybug Dec 18, 2008

    If there was a Silver Alert out for her why didn't the S.C. authorities know about it?