NY woman missing since '75 found alive in Massachusetts

A woman who vanished 42 years ago from New York has been found alive, living in an assisted living residence in Lowell, Massachusetts. Flora Harris, who is now 78, suffers from dementia and it remains a mystery how and why she disappeared from Monticello

MONTICELLO, N.Y. (AP) - Authorities say a New York woman who disappeared 42 years ago has been found suffering from dementia and living in Massachusetts.
               
The sheriff's office in Sullivan County, New York, says Flora Stevens was 36 when she disappeared in August 1975 after her husband dropped her off for a doctor's appointment at a Catskills hospital.
               
Police periodically reviewed her missing person case but kept hitting dead ends.
               
In September, a query from New York State Police on a different cold case led a sheriff's detective to discover someone at an assisted-living residence in Lowell, Massachusetts, using Stevens' Social Security number.
               
He and another detective went there Tuesday and confirmed the person was Stevens, who now uses the last name Harris. She's lived there since 2001 and apparently has no living relatives.

© 2017 Associated Press


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