On Friday, January 31, 2014 at 10:11 pm the Paramus Police Department responded to the Outlets at Bergen Town Center Shopping Mall located at Route 4 and Forest Avenue in regards to a reported missing person.
Upon arrival police interviewed the family of a 73 year old Paramus woman who suffered from dementia. The victim’s family reported that their mother had been shopping at the Outlets at Bergen Town at approximately 6:15 pm with a nursing aid. Sometime after that, the nursing aid lost the victim in the mall. The nurses aid searched the area on her own, not reporting the incident until approximately 10:15 pm. The victim was also in possession of a small poodle that she was carrying in a handbag.
The Paramus Police Department and Paramus Office of Emergency Management set up a command post at the shopping center and then, with assistance of the Paramus Fire Department, Paramus Rescue Squad and Paramus EMS began to search a wide area in the Route 4 corridor of Paramus, including parking lots wooded areas, streams and drainage ditches. Security surveillance video showed the victim leaving the mall at approximately 6:45 pm then walking towards Route 4. Police were not certain whether the victim, who has gone missing before, had gotten on one of the many busses that service the shopping area. Missing person alerts were sent to all New Jersey police departments as well as Port Authority and New York police agencies. All transportation companies in the area were also notified .
Emergency services searched throughout the night and were assisted by a New Jersey State Police helicopter and units from the Bergen County Sheriff’s Department and Bergen County Police Departments. A missing person’s alert was also placed on Nixle/Twitter messenger and Facebook.
On Saturday morning, at approximately 8:10 am, an alert River Edge resident, Maryann Chambers, observed the woman on Bogart Street in River Edge. Paramus Police responded and transported the woman to Hackensack Medical Center for observation. The woman and her dog were in good condition. Police are still trying to determine where the victim had been during the time she was missing.
Kenneth R. Ehrenberg
Chief of Police
Paramus Police Department
O-201-262-3400 x 351